Musée du Louvre is displaying several works of art in the throwback exhibition devoted to Eugène Delacroix from March 29 to July 23, 2018. The curators of Louvre Museum say that this temporary exposition should help those on a guided tour understand Delacroix’s body of work through his artworks displayed in the museum in Paris city. His works have contributed immensely to modern European art.
The last occasion when much of the French artist’s works were exhibited in the Louvre Museum was way back in 1963, which was a hundred years after his passing away. This time, the Parisian museum displays more than two hundred artworks of Eugène Delacroix, including watercolor and oil paintings. In addition to that, the museum also exhibits some of Eugène Delacroix’s illustrations traced from his personal journal, and his devotional artworks.
Louvre loans forty paintings of Delacroix from several American museums and also uses some of their private collections for Exhibition-Delacroix. The museum will lend some of their artworks displayed in the temporary exhibit to Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art after its completion in July.
In the meantime, lovers of fine arts can admire Delacroix’s ‘Liberty Leading the People,’ which depicts the French Revolution of 1830. The Louvre Museum’s staffs also say that ‘La Liberté guidant le people’ still remains to be a frequently photographed canvas painting in the museum’s collections, alongside the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. However, there is more to Delacroix’s oeuvre than just that 1830 masterpieces that capture the imaginations of those on a Louvre guided tour.
Organizers of the temporary exhibit named after him hope that visitors would learn to appreciate his painting styles, including impressionist and post-impressionist artworks, and his contribution to the art of lithography. The exhibit brings together all these artworks of Delacroix, only to make those on Louvre Museum tours all the more curious.
An interesting aspect of Delacroix’s works of art is that he painted using a tint of yellow and blue, letting audiences perceive the unpainted green themselves. It is said Delacroix’s unique use of light and color had left an influence on his contemporaries, who were into the Cubist and Impressionist painting styles of the 19th Century. For instance, it was his ‘Women of Algiers’ that once inspired Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, French painter Paul Cézanne, and Spanish painter Pablo Picasso.