EDICATED TO DE­LA­CROIX

GREATER PARIS - - [ The Guide] -

The Mu­sée du Louvre and the Me­tro­po­li­tan Mu­seum of Art of New York are joi­ning ar­tis­tic forces to present a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion de­vo­ted to the French Ro­man­tic ar­tist, Eu­gène De­la­croix. The am­bi­tious and ex­haus­tive show is the first since the 1963 re­tros­pec­tive, which was held to mark the 100th an­ni­ver­sa­ry of the pain­ter’s death, that at­tempts to elu­ci­date his long, pro­li­fic and com­plex ca­reer.

The show brings to­ge­ther over 180 works ran­ging from the ce­le­bra­ted works of De­la­croix as a young yet ce­le­bra­ted ar­tist in the 1820s when he would be ex­hi­bi­ted at the Sa­lon, to the last re­li­gious and land­scape re­pre­sen­ta­tions, which are not ve­ry well-known. The ma­jo­ri­ty of the works are pain­tings while dra­wings and en­gra­vings are al­so on show. The ex­hi­bi­tion takes a look at the ten­sion that would cha­rac­te­rise the crea­tive pro­cess of the ar­tist who sought his own ori­gi­na­li­ty but was clear­ly mo­ved by the de­sire to be a part of the great tra­di­tion of Fle­mish and Ve­ne­tian ar­tists of the 16th and 17th cen­tu­ries. The show al­so en­ables the pu­blic to be­come ac­quain­ted with an ar­tist who had an en­dea­ring per­so­na­li­ty, who was en­amou­red of glo­ry and ex­tre­me­ly hard wor­king. The show re­veals a culti­va­ted cri­ti­cal and cu­rious being who was as a fine a wri­ter as he was a pain­ter and dra­wer.

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