Portrait of Baron Schwiter (1827) by Eugene Delacroix

Portrait of Baron Schwiter - Eugene Delacroix - 1827

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Baron Schwiter
ArtistEugene Delacroix
Dimensions218 x 143 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationNational Gallery, London, UK

About Portrait of Baron Schwiter

Eugene Delacroix’s “Portrait of Baron Schwiter” is an oil painting on canvas created in 1827, during the Romantic period. The artwork’s dimensions are 218 x 143 cm, and it is classified as a portrait. The painting is displayed at the National Gallery in London, United Kingdom.

The artwork portrays Baron Schwiter, who stands in a dignified pose with an overcast, evocative landscape in the background. He wears a formal black suit with sharp tailoring and a white cravat. His attire, complete with a delicate flower pinned to his lapel, speaks to the sophistication and fashion of the time. He also holds a pair of gloves in his right hand, a sign of elegance and status. In his left hand, the Baron holds a red-colored item, adding a touch of vibrant color to the otherwise dark-toned portrait.

The expression on Baron Schwiter’s face is contemplative and serene, hinting at the emotional depth prized by the Romantic movement of which Delacroix was a key figure. Behind the figure, a vase with lush foliage sits next to a balustrade, leading the eye towards the atmospheric landscape with distant hills and trees, suggesting an expansive outer world beyond the portrait scene. The dramatic play of light and shade, along with the brushwork, exemplifies Delacroix’s mastery and contributes to the Romantic sensibilities of the period.

The signature of the artist, “E. Delacroix,” is visible in the lower corner, affirming the authenticity and artistic ownership of the piece. The refined composition, depth of characterization, and moody atmosphere capture the viewer’s attention, making this portrait a notable example of the Romantic era’s aesthetic and Delacroix’s work.

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