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GMALL Presents – Eugène Delacroix’s Literary Romanticism: Telling Stories in Romantic Painting

July 30 @ 5:30pm-7:00pm


Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) welcomes Dartmouth College Senior Lecturer Dr. Kristin O’Rourke to talk about French Romantic artist, Eugene Delacroix. In 1863, Baudelaire wrote that Delacroix had “inherited” from his teacher “a love of the poets and a strangely impulsive spirit of rivalry with the written word.” Throughout Delacroix’s career, he painted subjects from Byron, Goethe, Shakespeare, and Dante, choosing stories of extreme emotion or conflict. Rather than teaching the viewer, Delacroix’s mode of storytelling aimed to grab the spectator’s attention and to move them. While many critics called his work “ugly” or “gothic,” Baudelaire recognized the modernity of his painting in its ability to make us empathize with often tragic circumstances through the sincerity of its emotional expression. This lecture is part of the Rita Silverman Humanities Series. This talk will also be available via live stream. Registration is $22 per person. For more information or to register, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.

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