EDICATED TO DELACROIX
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.