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Description of the painting by Eugene Delacroix “George Sand”


Before us is a fragment of a once whole picture depicting Georges Sand and Frederic Chopin. He met the French writer Delacroix at the end of 1833, and the result of this meeting was a long friendship, not without a touch of mutual sympathy.

The artist liked the independence of the woman, the resistance on her part to any attempt to impose another's will. Once, when he saw Sand and Chopin together, the artist decided to turn to the portrait genre and recreate this meeting on the canvas.

However, in this form, the picture was not destined to exist for a long time. Greedy owners for the sake of profit decided on unheard of barbarism, cutting the picture in half. Thus, one part - with the image of Chopin - is located in the Louvre, and the other - on which Georges Sand is depicted - is now stored in Denmark. And only thanks to the reconstruction, we can understand how the masterpiece looked from the very beginning.

Let's pay attention to the portrait of the French writer. For Delacroix, the norms of academic art never came first; this was also evident in the image of George Sand - emphasized expressively. There is a landscape-mood, but, apparently, art critics miscalculated somewhere without specifying the genre to which this painting belongs - a portrait-mood.

At the same time, the canvas is not distinguished by an abundance of bright colors; on the contrary, the tones used by Delacroix are very soft, quiet, so to speak. The mood itself is created in planes inaccessible to the viewer, somewhere gradually.

Perhaps this emotional stress manifests itself in a special turn of the heroine's head. And perhaps, the writer’s hand raised in spite of her will betrays the mood. And there is nothing surprising in such an immersion of the heroine, because at the time of her depiction, the woman could hear almost the greatest that has ever existed on earth - Chopin’s music.





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