Is this the most important exhibition of 2018? Take a look at the impressive retrospective of Delacroix at the Louvre
The show contains some of the painter’s most famous and most outrageous works.
“The genius of Delacroix is not debatable, it is not demonstrable, it is something that you feel,” wrote the French writer Alexandre Dumas.
The Louvre is currently organizing a one-off tribute to the genius of the French artist. The massive retrospective of Eugene Delacroix brings together 180 works from each phase of his career. It is organized with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where it opens on September 17 (but without a few of the huge paintings that can only fit comfortably in the Louvre).
Once a fixture in the Parisian scene, Delacroix has had no retrospective in the city since the centenary of his death in 1963. This exhibition, organized by Sébastien Allard of the Louvre and Côme Fabre and the Met’s Asher Miller, follows Delacroix’s explosive job and restless spirit. As a young artist he made a splash at the Salon, the annual exhibition of contemporary art at the Louvre. Later in life, his experiments with pointed brush strokes seem to be ahead of Impressionism.
So far, the reviews of the exhibition were breathtaking. The FT ’s Jackie Wullschlager wrote:’ If there is an exhibition that pays off for this year, it is poignant of the Louvre, a spectacular overview of the most extraordinary, contradictory, extreme artist of the 19th century.
Museums from all over the world – including France, the US, the UK, Germany, Canada, Belgium and Hungary – have provided loans to the ambitious show. Many of the most famous and provocative works by the artist have been included, such as The Death of Sardanapalus, the orgiastic suicide scene that drew a unanimous outrage when it was shown at the Salon of 1828.
Also on display is Delacroix’s celebration of the 1830 revolution, Liberty Leading the People (1831), which received new political currency after French President Emmanuel Macron, during his recent visit to the French capital, explicitly took the crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman to Saudi Arabia . . The exhibition also contains lesser known examples of the virtuosity of Delacroix, including skilled lithographs such as Macbeth and the witches.
the historical exhibition, to be seen until July 23 at the Louvre,