This is an essay written in response to a question asking whether Eugene Delacroix and his famous painting La Liberté Guidant le Peuple (Liberty Leading the People, 1830) are examples of the modernist movement or not. The essay supports the former notion using arguments largely drawn from the artwork itself. Delacroix is considered by some to be among the founders of the modernist movement; as Baudelaire commented about him, “The last of the great artists of the Renaissance and
the first modern”. Delacroix’s art was often significantly marked with political messages, as is the case with Liberty leading the People, and we will see how this entire concept is modernist in nature.