Ferdinand Victor Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) was a French Romantic painter whose work was so good that he has his own museum in Paris. He influenced the Impressionists and left a legacy of diverse paintings that have stood the test of time. In the mid-1850's his friend and amateur photographer Eugene Durieu produced some of the earliest male and female nude photos as
studies for him. I was only able to find about eight of his male nude drawings and paintings,
and several of those are academic pieces from his student days. Our Friday night art lesson
features five of Delacroix's nudes, but we begin with this outstanding self portrait.