(b. 1798, Charenton-Saint-Maurice, d. 1863, Paris)

A Vase of Flowers on a Console

Oil on canvas, 135 x 102 cm
Musée Ingres, Montauban

Delacroix painted flower paintings and landscapes in his later years. The symbolic import typical of Delacroix's subjects seems here to be lacking. They might be described as an early case of 'art for art's sake'. Delacroix took time off from his exhausting monumental labours to paint the flowers in the garden of his friend George Sand.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 2 minutes):
Franz Schubert: Blumenlied (Flower Song) D 431