Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863), painter and muralist, was born near Paris, in Charenton-Saint-Maurice, and was regarded as the leader of the French Romantic school. His expressive brushstrokes and use of color set him apart from other artists of his time and inspired both the Impressionists and the Symbolists. A talented lithographer, he illustrated the works of Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, and Goethe, whose writing informed his art. He was often sickly as a boy and remained a melancholy dreamer who often took solitary walks in the forest. His devoted housekeeper, Jenny Le Guillou, guarded his privacy, allowing him to continue working into his later years, and was by his side at his death.