D for Musée National Eugène Delacroix

Let's tour Delacroix's Musée... his apartment in Paris until his death... The museum's collection contains works from nearly every phase of Delacroix's career, covering many of his themes. Magdalene in the Desert, exhibited at the 1845 Salon and one of the museum's major paintings, is a most unusual religious composition, as compared to Education of the Virgin, painted in Nohant in 1842. The museum also boasts the artist's only three attempts at fresco, which were done in Valmont (1834).
view of his studio from the garden...
and inside his paintings hang...
Eugène Delacroix...
(Via Wikipedia) Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (26 April 1798 – 13 August 1863) was a French Romantic artist regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school. Delacroix's use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement. A fine lithographer, Delacroix illustrated various works of William Shakespeare, the Scottish writer Walter Scott and the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
In contrast to the Neoclassical perfectionism of his chief rival Ingres, Delacroix took for his inspiration the art of Rubens and painters of the Venetian Renaissance, with an attendant emphasis on colour and movement rather than clarity of outline and carefully modeled form. Dramatic and romantic content characterized the central themes of his maturity, and led him not to the classical models of Greek and Roman art, but to travel in North Africa, in search of the exotic. Friend and spiritual heir to Théodore Géricault, Delacroix was also inspired by Lord Byron, with whom he shared a strong identification with the "forces of the sublime", of nature in often violent action.
However, Delacroix was given neither to sentimentality nor bombast, and his Romanticism was that of an individualist. In the words of Baudelaire, "Delacroix was passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible."

NOW... maybe YOU need a trip to the museum to see his artwork up close and personal!
Musée national Eugène Delacroix
6 Rue de Furstenberg
75 006 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 41 86 50
Fax: +33 (0)1 43 54 36 70 

The museum is open daily except Tuesday, 9:30 am to 5 pm (tickets sold until 4:30 pm).
Closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25.

See you tomorrow again in VIRTUAL Paris...
and be sure to visit other A to Z April Challenge participants!!!

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