Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863): A Louvre Exhibition
By Phoebe Ollerearnshaw
In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris will hold a historic exhibition to celebrate Eugène Delacroix—one of the most prolific French painters of all time. The collection will guide visitors through 180 of his works, charting the entirety of his career. As the leading exponent of Romanticism and an observer of the optical effects of colour, it didn’t take long for Eugène Delacroix to solidify his legacy. As a revered painter and muralist, his application of expressive brushstrokes influenced the work of the impressionists. Visitors of the collection will get a chance to familiarise themselves with this engaging character, whose ardent passion for his work and hunger for fame led him to seek individuality through meaningful art. The exhibit will remind attendees of Delacroix’s most famous work, Liberty Leading the People (1830)—a stirring image of Parisians taking up arms in the revolution against Charles X. Meanwhile, it will aim to acquaint art-lovers with lesser known religious pieces and poignant landscapes from the artist. The Eugène Delacroix collection will remain at the Louvre from 29 March until 23 July 2018.