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Na­tional Gallery, Lon­don Show­ing un­til 22 May 2016

Delacroix and the Rise of Mod­ern Art, the first ma­jor pre­sen­ta­tion of Delacroix’s art in Bri­tain for more than 50 years, sur­veys his dy­namic ca­reer and then moves be­yond it, to as­sess for the first time the in­flu­ence he ex­erted for five decades fol­low­ing his death un­til the early years of the 20th cen­tury.

Few artists have had the same im­pact and last­ing in­flu­ence as Eugène Delacroix. He was the most fa­mous and con­tro­ver­sial French painter of the first half of the 19th cen­tury and one of the first mod­ern masters. Each new work he ex­hib­ited was scru­ti­nised by en­thralled con­tem­po­raries in­clud­ing Courbet, Chas­sériau and the poet and critic Charles Baude­laire. Fol­low­ing Delacroix’s death in 1863, gen­er­a­tions of artists con­tin­u­ally turned to him to find new di­rec­tions for their art. Al­though idolised as a pi­o­neer by artists such as Manet, Cézanne, Renoir, Van Gogh and Matisse – un­like theirs, his name is not a house­hold one to­day.

This ex­hi­bi­tion gives vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to (re)dis­cover this revo­lu­tion­ary artist. It in­cludes over 60 works bor­rowed from 30 ma­jor pub­lic and pri­vate col­lec­tions around the world, in­clud­ing the Mus e du Lou­vre, Mus e d’Or­say and the Pe­tit Palais (Paris), the J. Paul Getty Mu­seum (Los An­ge­les), the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art (New York), the Na­tional Gallery of Art (Wash­ing­ton), and the Van Gogh Mu­seum (Am­s­ter­dam).

Eugène Delacroix, Self Por­trait, c.1837 Oil on can­vas

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