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    Monday, October 9th, 2017

    EUGÈNE DELACROIX (FRENCH, 1798-1863), Le 28 juillet – la liberté guidant le peuple, 1830,

    Le 28 juillet – la liberté guidant le peuple, 1830 by Eugène Delacroix will lead Christie’s Classic Week 19th Century European & Orientalist Art auction in London on December 14.. This autographed painting is the only known sketch in oil that fully outlines the intended final composition for Delacroix’s masterpiece La liberté guidant le peuple, in the collection of the Louvre in Paris. It is estimated at £700,000-1,000,000.

    Providing a rare insight into Delacroix’s creative process, the fast and fluid lines of the final composition takes form with the figure of Liberty at the centre, surrounded by the fallen men who populate the primary plane. A pivotal figure, looking up in hope and admiration, is present to the left in both the preparatory and the final painting.

    Arne Everwijn, Head of Sale, 19th Century European & Orientalist Art, London, said: “La Liberté guidant le people is one of the most iconic works in art history and we are extremely excited to present the only known oil sketch of Delacroix’s masterpiece to collectors this December, during Christie’s Classic Week. The fluidity of the sketch and the use of sharp diagonal lines exemplifies the artistic mastery of Delacroix, portraying the dynamism and movement for which the final composition is known.”