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Eugène Delacroix is a monumental and pivotal figure in the history of European art. Perhaps the first artist of his generation to look back to the works of Rubens and the Venetian Renaissance masters for inspiration, Delacroix developed a dynamic, intensely colorful, and quintessentially Romantic style that has influenced countless later artists, from Renoir to Cézanne to recent abstractionists. Joseph J. Rishel, senior curator of European painters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and American curator of the touring exhibition “Delacroix: The Late Work,” (on view in Philadelphia through Jan. 3), presents a slide-illustrated lecture on Delacroix—followed by a French wine reception—at 7:30 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 17th & New York Ave. NW. $20. (202) 639-1770. (Leonard Roberge)