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Delacroix in the spotlight, Spring 2018

mardi 27 février 2018

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  • Croquis d'arabes, paysage et notes manuscrites; Cavaliers, foule devant une porte de la ville
    Arab horsemen, handwritten notes by Eugène Delacroix
    Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado

In spring 2018, the Musée du Louvre and the Musée Delacroix will be paying tribute to the creative genius of the 19th century, Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863). It's an opportunity to discover the many facets of the artist through our images.

With an artistic career lasting more than 40 years, Delacroix is a complex personality, worldly and relishing glory but also a solitary figure. A workaholic with an insatiable curiosity, he was of course a painter and illustrator, but also a literary figure of great erudition, as evidenced by his journal and his Souvenirs of Morocco. The magnificent pages from his notebooks make you want to travel to the Orient.

Following a classical and academic education, Delacroix experienced "romantic fever" during the years from 1822-1832 before immersing himself in Orientalism with his journey to Morocco in 1832, a decisive event for all of his work to follow.

A large scale exhibition at the Musée du Louvre

The Musée du Louvre in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of New York will be presenting a large scale monographic exhibition from 29 March to 23 July 2018: Delacroix (1798-1863).

> View the works on display in the exhibition

There has not been a full retrospective of his work since 1963, marking the centenary of his death. The exhibition allows you to explore more than 180 of his works, largely consisting of paintings held by the Louvre but also featuring works from foreign museums and private collections.

Visitors can enjoy this exceptional opportunity to stroll through the temporary exhibition galleries in the Napoléon hall, then continue their visit in the Apollo gallery and the Mollien room to admire some of his large format paintings. We also wish to highlight the fact that the RMN-GP is putting its technical expertise to work by handling the photographic coverage of these large scale works with ultra high definition captures of works such as "The Massacre at Chios", "The Death of Sardanapalus" and "Freedom guiding the people".

Scene of the massacres at Chios: Greek families waiting for death or enslavement, held at the Musée du Louvre.
Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Stéphane Maréchalle / Adrien Didierjean

Grappling with the Modern: from Delacroix to the Present Day, exhibition at the Musée Delacroix

In parallel with this abundant exhibition, the Grappling with the Modern: from Delacroix to the Present Day exhibition at the Musée Delacroix reveals the final challenge for Delacroix, who spent ten years working on the Saints-Anges chapel of Saint-Sulpice church to create three large mural paintings: Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, Heliodorus Driven from the Temple and Saint-Michael Slaying the Dragon.

View the works on display in the exhibition>

Musée Eugène Delacroix, the unmissable and moving legacy of Eugène Delacroix

Housed in the workshop where he made preparatory sketches for his paintings, visitors can explore his artistic influences and also the inspiration he provided to other artists.

Located near the museum, the exhibition inspires you to continue your exploration at the recently restored Saints-Anges chapel of Saint-Sulpice church to admire his three paintings there.

Beautiful pages from sketchbooks

Finally, we must take advantage of these events to view the beautiful pages from the sketchbooks of Eugène Delacroix, particularly those he created in Morocco. As official painter to the diplomatic delegation led by Charles de Mornay, Eugène Delacroix visited Morocco in 1832.

These pages convey his fascination with the Orient and his new and original creative impulse: combining the written word and images in his ethnographic compositions, looking at costumes and the cultural, human and artistic richness that surrounded him. 

On his return, definitively changed by this overwhelming experience, Delacroix made use of these sketchbooks teeming with life, a source of inspiration that led him to produce one hundred paintings, including the masterpieces: "Women of Algiers in their Apartment", "Jewish Wedding in Morocco".

"With a paintbrush, I will let everyone experience what I have seen."

Eugène Delacroix conveys to travel sketchers the irresistible urge to grasp picturesque situations in real time, the insatiable need to demonstrate life in every situation and to remember what needs to be seen.


Explore a collection of works by Eugène Delacroix