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Delacroix: A Romantic or Revolutionary? Jacqueline Cockburn Thursday 08 March 2018

Delacroix is seen as a Romantic artist. In 1830, however, he set off for Africa and wrote wonderful, thoughtful  journals which we will consider. This lecture will examine his responses to a new country which he saw as exotic and will discuss why later artists such as Matisse and Kandinsky followed in search of some of his magic. We will look at Delacroix’ working methods and his use of colour and understanding of the light which so inspired him in Africa. We will focus on how he broke the mould and set out with a revolutionary spirit.

Jacqueline Cockburn is a linguist and art historian, with first degrees in French and Spanish and Art History, an MA in Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Art History and Spanish on 'The Drawings of García Lorca as gifts, citations and exchanges'. Taught at Westminster School as Head of Art History for 16 years and has lectured at Birkbeck for 20 years. She is now Managing Director of an art tour company. She is currently publishing a book on Masterpieces of Art in London.