Baudelaire says of Delacroix (Salon of 1846) that genius gives the privilege of enormous mistakes. Were Baudelaire's ecstatic "prophecies" about Delacroix himself among his own enormities, as his similar prophecies about Poe may have been, or was the famous critic right?
The standard output likes to talk about the relationship between Turner, Corot, and Courbet and the Impressionists, and the Impressionists themselves liked to see these last two as their forerunners.

Joseph Mallord William Turner  - Folkstone from the Sea Claude Monet  - The Red Boats

If you look at Impressionism as the replacement of object by appearance, and the loss of the center, that no doubt says almost all. But if the main theme of the Impressionist revolution was the substitution of the "intimate" for the formal,

Pierre-Auguste Renoir  - Ingenue Nicholas de Largilliere  - Mlle. Dubois

and of direct if volatile emotion for Important feelings,

Pierre-Auguste Renoir  - Lovers Jacques-Louis David  - Oath of the Horatii

there is a lot to say for putting Delacroix and the Romantics in the center of things. Even if Baudelaire is right that the war between the worlds of Ingres and Delacroix was largely the illusion of the ignorant.
Is it a coincidence that Renoir, the Impressionist most often accused of classicizing, so often cites Delacroix? Or is this part and parcel of his own experience of the revolution?


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