Portrait of Paganini: Eugene Delacroix

Eugene Delacroix: Portrait of Paganini

Eugene Delacroix limits the use of colour in this 1832 portrait of Paganini, the world-famous Italian violinist. French Romantic artist Delacroix heard him play in Paris a year before this tribute. We have black centred on Niccolò Paganini and various browns and beige.

The player, wholly absorbed in his playing, is loosely painted in a Romantic style. Delacroix is also insistent on relating the proverbially large hands of Paganini which enabled his incredible virtuosity.

Eugene Delacroix’s Portrait of Paganini is in the Philips Collection in Washington.

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