Eugene Delacroix’s Andromeda is a masterpiece of Romanticism, painted in c. 1852. This oil on canvas artwork measures 39 1/2 x 32 1/4 inches and features a mythological scene with violent action and sexual themes. Delacroix, considered the leader of French Romantic school of painting and influenced Impressionist and Symbolist movements, produced over 9,000 works during his lifetime.
Based on drawings and watercolor studies, Delacroix paid great attention to detail as an observer with imaginative embellishments in Andromeda. His travels to Morocco influenced his art style greatly. The painting depicts the Greek mythological scene where Andromeda was chained to a rock as punishment for her mother’s bragging about her beauty. She was set to be devoured by a sea monster until Perseus arrived, slew the creature, and saved her.
Delacroix expertise can be seen in the romanticized portrayal of the violent action happening around Andromeda while also highlighting her vulnerability. The quality brushwork used with thick impasto technique conveys motion effectively while emphasizing light and color contrasts that evoke drama from this brilliant painting.