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Eugène Delacroix was one of the giants of French painting, but his last full retrospective exhibition in Paris dates back to 1963, the centenary year of his death.
In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre is holding a historic exhibition featuring some 180 works – mostly paintings – as a tribute to his entire career.
From the young artist’s big hits at the Salons of the 1820s to his final, lesser-known and mysterious religious paintings and landscapes, the exhibition showcases the tension that characterises the art of Delacroix, who strove for individuality while aspiring to follow in the footsteps of the Flemish and Venetian masters of the 16th and 17th centuries.
It will aim to answer the questions raised by Delacroix’s long, prolific and multifaceted career while introducing visitors to an engaging character: a virtuoso writer, painter and illustrator who was curious, critical and cultivated, infatuated with fame and devoted to his work.
This exhibition enjoys the support of Caisse d’Épargne, Kinoshita Group and Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France.