Eugène Delacroix
After the Shipwreck. Circa 1840-1847

The sea as a treacherous, turbulent, wild and fascinating, yet hostile element to man was one of the leading themes in Delacroix's work for many years. The emotional impact of his study After the Shipwreck is achieved not only through the dramatic subject, which was inspired by Byron's unfinished epic Don Juan, but also the compositional structure of the painting, the pictorial manner with its free, dynamic brushwork, which seems to echo the breaking of the waves, and the sharp color accents.