Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) French Romantic painter. He was celebrated for the use of expressive color that influenced later painters, notably the Impressionists.
The last of the great Renaissance artists, Delacroix comes of a lineage whose founder is Michelangelo and whose prodigal son is Rubens. 
The veritable tradition in great things is not to repeat what others have done, but to rediscover the spirit that created these great things - and creates utterly different things in different times. Paul Valéry.
Traveling in North Africa and Spain he was influenced to produce paintings that are exuberant and lush.
"Choc de cavaliers Arabes"
"The Death of Sardanapalus"
"Arab Saddling his Horse"
"Dante and Virgil in Hell"
- ↑ Eugene Delacroix at The Artchive