“Delacroix 1830-Chaos and Purpose” and its Inherent Surrealism

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Kathleen Crapson

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6-4-2018 12:00 AM

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6-4-2018 12:00 AM

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“Delacroix 1830-Chaos and Purpose” and its Inherent Surrealism

The varied collection of the Boca Raton Museum of Art houses many elaborate pieces. “Delacroix 1830-Chaos and Purpose” (stylized as “Chaos and Purpose”) is no exception. Created by Larry Rivers in1993, “Chaos and Purpose” is an “oil painting on canvas that is mounted to sculpted foam board” that sits 80 1/4 x 98 1/4 inches. Although based upon “Le 28 juilet: La Liberté guidant le people [July 28:Liberty Leading the People]” (stylized as “Liberty Leading the People”) by Eugene Delacroix, Larry Rivers made crucial edits to the original to craft a unique piece. Distinct features of “Chaos and Purpose” correlate to surrealism; from the inclusion of a portrait, to the techniques used. Eventually, I will compare the work to the surrealist master Salvador Dali.