Delacroix lu par Baudelaire: hyperbole, théâtralité, images «molochistes»



This article proposes a new interpretation of Baudelaire’s study L’OEuvre et la vie d’Eugène Delacroix (1863), in connexion with the great themes of romantic aesthetics. Baudelaire develops and permanently superposes three main axes in his “reading” of Delacroix’s existence and work: fire images – related to sacrifices, violence and mysticism –, hyperbole (the artist surpasses all which is common in life and art) and theatricality (the painter acts like an actor in social exchanges and in front of the canvas; he also conceives his great decorative compositions as theatre scenes).