Eugène Delacroix was one of the great French Romantic painters and colorists. He was born in France in 1798 and began studying painting at the age of 17. Delacroix was inspired by the Romantic Théodore Géricault's "Raft of Medusa" to paint his 1822 "The Barque of Dante". This painting was accepted into the Paris Salon of 1822 and caused quite a sensation and public outcry. Delacroix's work is characterized by expressive brushstrokes, intense drama, and a mastery of color. Following a trip to Spain and North Africa in 1832, Delacroix became a major figure in Orientalism. Delacroix died in Paris in 1863 and is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery.