→ Charles Baudelaire: ❝I have not found among the landscape painters the supernatural beauty of the landscapes of Delacroix nor the magnificent imagination which flows through the drawings of Victor Hugo. I speak of his drawings in India ink, for it is too evident that in words our poet is the k i n g of landscape painters.” 

→ Théophile Gautier: ❝M. Hugo is not only a poet but a painter, and a painter whom Louis Boulander, Camille Roqueplan and Paul Huet would not disown as their brother. When he is travelling he sketches everything that strikes him. The contour of a hill, the lace-work outline of the horizon, a strange cloud-form, a curious detail in a door or window, a ruined tower, an antique belfry — these are his notes; then in the evening, at the inn, he retraces his outline with a pen, shades it, colors it, strengthens it, and gives an effect; and so the rough sketch, often drawn on the crown of his hat in a shaky diligence, becomes a drawing very like an etching, and of capriciousness and savor which surprise artists themselves.”

→ And yet, when a stranger who had seen Sardanapalus referred to Delacroix as the ‘Victor Hugo of painting’, the artist responded, ‘You are mistaken, Sir, I am a pure c l a s s i c i s t.’

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