The Massacre of Chios

The Massacre at Chios

The Massacre of Chios by Eugene Delacroix

The Massacre of Chios by Eugene Delacroix was produced in 1824 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Romanticism movement. The work can be viewed now at Museum Louvre


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): misery, war


The Massacre of Chios is a painting produced around 1824 by French artist Eugène Delacroix

The key subject is on the horror of wartime destruction during the militant attack on Chios, Greece by Turkish forces. The attack resulted in the death of thousands and those survived were severely injured.A very intolerable scene composed of crushed victims, military might, disease, and death signify the dismay of a horrifying massacre. The characters are harshly presented to the viewer in a manner, which is drooping, chaotic and erratically distributed.

Delacroix commented – “ The intelligence of the onlooker was unable to make its way into a subject in which every detail is isolated, where the eye cannot unravel the confusing lines and colors, and where the primary rule of art appears to have been ignored by prejudice”

The work can be viewed at Museum Louvre


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