Delacroix


The Eugene Delacroix Museum is located in the apartment and studio where he lived in 1857.  He wanted to be closer to St. Sulpice where he had been given a commission in 1847  After his death, his friends restored the apartment as a museum and it became an affiliate of the Louvre in 2004.  The museum features a series of paintings, pastels, drawings, and prints as well as many letters and mementos.  If you are in Art 208 or Art Appreciation (Art 4) you will be learning about this important artist who was a leader of the Romantic style in the 19th century. His expressive brushstrokes and his attention to light had a huge influence on the Impressionists who followed him.

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One of Delacroix’s painting palettes.
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Portrait of Thales Fielding by Delacroix, 1824. I am not familiar with this portrait but it is touching that he was a good friend of the artist and they painted each other.
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Portrait of Eugene Delacroix painted by Thales Fielding, 1824
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“Jewish Woman, Tangier”, etching, 1833. Delacroix spent quite a bit of time in North Africa. Since Algeria was a colony of France at that time there was quite a bit of contact between the two. Once Algeria got its independence the Jewish community left for France. Our friend JB who we had dinner with is the son of one of these Jewish people who left Algeria for France.
“Frightened Wild Horse”, crayon lithograph, 1828. Delacroix was known for his depictions of animals and this is a particularly nice one both of the subject and the technique.
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Back of the studio with the museum (formerly apartment) to the right
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The garden is modeled on the formal gardens of the Tuileries and they maintain this one for the museum. The neon sign says “A True Story”
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Interior of the studio facing the garden.
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Studio interior. I could not tell if they rotate exhibits; this one had quite a bit about George Sand and their relationship and relationship to other artists and intellectuals of the time.
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Portrait of George Sand (pseudonym for Amandine Dudevant) by Delacroix. George Sand was a woman novelist who only had success once she changed her name. She had unsuccessful marriages and some interesting lovers including Frederick Chopin, a Romantic musician as she was a Romantic novelist. Hence, the relationship to Delacroix, a Romantic painter.
The exterior entrance to the studio and museum
The exterior entrance to the studio and museum

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