Sunday 1 January 2017

Moorish Fantasies

Delacroix, Fantasia Arabe, Staedel Museum, Frankfurt
The journey to Morocco facilitated both renewal and greater emancipation from the standards still prevalent in the studios and in the Salon [...] The brilliant sunlight of the landscape [...] the outdoor scenes have a silvery-yellow, almost Veronese light...

 'Delacroix: Romantic Classicist', Romanticism and Its Discontents

Later in the same essay, written before The Next Big Thing, Brookner considers Jacob and the Angel:

That other detail, of the caravan of animals and servants being sent off to Esau, represents Delacroix's last Moorish fantasy.

See also the following earlier posts: Julius and the Angel and A Private View.

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