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In the secrets of Eugène Delacroix's great decorations

50 min visit

Eugène Delacroix Museum
23 Apr → 20 Sep 2020
From Wed to Mon 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Closed Tue. Nocturnal first Thu of the month until 9 pm.

« A little-known facet of the work of this great master. To be discovered without fail!  »

What would you say to entering the secrets of the studio of Eugène Delacroix (1798 - 1863), this icon of French Romantic painting? Everyone knows him for his work "Liberty guiding the people" or his "Scenes of Massacre in Scio", exhibited in the Louvre. But do you know his great decorations? There is no doubt about it, his large sets are emblematic of his work! Why is that? On the one hand because they required years of preparation and execution, and on the other hand because it is imagined - wrongly - that those who were detonating with their chromatic innovations at the time could have great and beautiful artistic commissions. Moreover, they are - important - because at that time, it is the large commissions that bring artists to life and forge their notoriety. Delacroix was certainly a bourgeois and sold his works very well, but like all other painters, he needed to establish a reputation. Thus, in its new hanging, the Musée Eugène Delacroix has decided to highlight their work, which has been so important in the painter's career, and brings us to a better understanding of the way Delacroix prepared his commissions. We discover "Hercules attaching Nereus", a sketch for the decor of the Peace Room of the now-defunct Paris City Hall, as well as the only paintings made with the fresco technique, recently restored. Preparatory drawings for the King's salon of the National Assembly, his first major commission, are presented, as well as models for the decorations of the libraries of the National Assembly and the Senate. Finally, there are emblematic paintings such as "The Education of the Virgin" or "Romeo and Juliet" and as many works that are part of the artist's creative process. Something to deepen his knowledge and satisfy all tastes!


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