Largest Delacroix Exhibit Since 1960s Opens In The Louvre
Paris's Louvre Museum is gearing up for a special exhibition of one of France's most iconic artists: Eugène Delacroix (1798 – 1863). Museum curators say this special exhibit should help visitors get a better sense of the wide range of Delacroix's oeuvre and his immense contribution to modern European art.
This exhibition, officially opened to the public on March 29th, will focus on giving guests a better sense of Delacroix's inspirations and his personal life. The last time so many works by this Romantic genius were displayed in one place was in 1963.
In total, the Louvre will display well over 200 of Delacroix's artworks. In addition to the more famous oil and watercolor paintings, this exhibit will also highlight Delacroix's devotional art and illustrations from his private journal.
Most people only know Delacroix for his 1830 masterpiece La Liberté guidant le peuple, which heroically depicts the July Revolution of the same year. People who work at the Louvre say this 260 cm × 325 cm canvass remains one of the most frequently photographed in the Louvre's extensive collection.
Exhibit organizers hope this temporary exhibition of Delacroix's work will help tourists better appreciate the radical experimentation in his painting style. They also want guests to learn more about Delacroix's unique contribution to the world of lithograph art.
One fascinating feature of Delacroix's paintings is that he never painted green onto his canvases. Instead, Delacroix would put a bit of blue and yellow paint next to each other and allow viewers to create green with their eyes.
The novel uses of color and light in many of Delacroix works had a profound influence on future artists like the Impressionists and Cubists. One painting in particular that inspired great artists like Van Gogh and Cézanne was Delacroix's 1834 Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement. This painting so inspired Pablo Picasso that he made dozens of paintings and drawings based on it in the 1950s.
About 40 of the paintings that will appear in the Louvre come from various museums in the USA. Once the exhibit wraps up in Paris on July 23rd, the Louvre has agreed to temporarily lend the majority of their Delacroix collection to the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art.
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