Journal of Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863).

Journal of Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863).

On the last page of his journal, 19c French artist Eugene Delacroix wrote:

“The great artist roams his domain, and there he offers you a feast to his own taste.”

What is so striking about this 150 year old statement is that it relates to everyone now—not just great artists.  As you express your interests, you are doing so to your own taste.

But what is your own taste?  Can you describe it?

Would you choose words related to flavors, such as: sweet, sour, spicy, clean, complex?  Colors?  Or is your own taste something else, such as: casual, conservative, sophisticated, refined, edgy, colorful, flaboyant, expressive?

In 1885, Vincent Van Gogh wrote of Delacroix:

“What I find so fine about Delacroix is precisely that he reveals the liveliness of things, and the expression and the movement, that he is utterly beyond the paint.”

The liveliness of things, expression, and movement are also worthwhile pursuits of an Expressive YOU!

 

A Young Tiger Playing with Its Mother

“Jeune tigre jouant avec sa mère” (“A Young Tiger Playing with Its Mother”), by Eugène Delacroix (1830–31). [Musée du Louvre, Paris, Département des Peintures, Bequest of Maurice Cottier, 1881 (with life interest), entered the collection in 1903.]


Expressive Links

MetMuseum, Delacroix Exhibition—metmuseum.org