An Introduction to “Delacroix and Eugène – The Man behind the Artist”

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The École du Louvre students have been invited for the first time to design and implement an exhibit at the Eugène Delacroix National Museum. This project was a chance to study little-known facets of Eugène Delacroix and offer a new perspective upon the collection (more on this later). The ten lucky students are Jade Barbet, Eugenia Dell’Aiuto, Marion Benard, Louise Madinier, Marie-Liesse Postic, Isaline Mscica, Anne Decolonges, Alithéia Soulié, Rachele Riani, and Clémence Vergez. The students pursue different masters of the school, and they are Art History applied to collections, Mediation, Documentation-Digital Humanities, Management of artworks-preventive conservation, and Museology. They are tipped to be future professionals of the museums as well as the inheritance.

A School Exhibit Project

For a few months, the students from the school will take part in the constituent steps of an exhibit, ranging from the project theme to the choice of artworks, the hanging as well as the scenography to the creation of mediation and communication devices. Accompanied by the Delacroix Museum teams, they will discover, practice as well as learn the museum’s different trades. This experience has resulted in an original hanging that is proposed to visitors throughout it. The project will also be accompanied by experiences and artistic events that are designed by the École du Louvre students and comprised in the Delacroix Museum’s cultural program. The exhibit will run through May 6, 2019.

The Delacroix and Eugene Exhibition

Who then is Eugène, the man behind the artist? Beyond the myth personified by Delacroix through his best-known depictions and public persona, the museum visitors are welcomed to delve into Eugène’s private side, discovering him via his passions and places of refuge. The exhibition’s main theme is Eugène Delacroix’s Journal, which throws light into both the complexity and ambivalence of his personality, as well as the diversity and richness of his art.

Visitors are invited into a fun tour of the artist’s last apartment cum workshop, wherein quotes from his Journal as well as anecdotes play the roles of guide to the intimacy of Eugène and find out the other facets of the “sociable misanthrope who sought to shut himself further into solitude.”

The exhibition is also a chance to present his works for the first time. They were acquired recently by the Paris museum owing to Jean-Pierre Galland’s generosity. The program is organized by the École du Louvre students, under the supervision of the Louvre Museum’s Director of Interpretation and Cultural Programming Department, Dominique de Font-Réaulx, and with coordination by Delacroix Museum’s Milena Planche and Jessy Coisnon.

About the École du Louvre

Found in the year 1882, the French Culture Ministry’s public institution, situated at the former Louvre Palace, the École du Louvre is a school of higher education offering courses in archeology, art history, the history of civilizations, epigraphy, museology, and anthropology. The school offers a three-cycle course (Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate) and a couple of preparatory classes, on competition of restaurants and of curators, to its thousand seven hundred students.

At the same time, it lets auditors access certain courses for them and take specific training courses during the evening hours, in the summertime, and in the regions (twenty cities and museums that collaborate with it). As a place of both study as well as research, open to the world, it organizes study days, seminars and conferences; publishes textbooks, a research journal and specialized books.

About The Delacroix Museum

The Delacroix Museum is situated in the last house cum workshop occupied by Eugène Delacroix. The artist settled in 6 Rue de Fürstenberg back in December 1857 in order to complete the Saint-Sulpice decoration, which he had been tasked with. Saved in the 1930’s owing to the dedication of intellectuals and artists who gathered around Maurice Denis, the painter, in the Friends of Delacroix Society, it first became an associate museum, and later, a national museum, annexed to the Musée du Louvre since 2004.

The museum of France brings together paintings, drawings, pastels, and lithographs, alongside a collection of souvenirs and letters, related to Eugène Delacroix. It is an intimate place, too, where meeting with his creation’s spirit is sensitive.

You can purchase a combined ticket at the Louvre Museum, and enjoy admission to the Delacroix Museum on the same day or following day. Likewise, you can also purchase a combined ticket at the Delacroix Museum, and enjoy a same-day entrance to the Louvre Museum. The admission to the one devoted to Delacroix is also free on the first Sunday of each month this year and on the Bastille Day. The Sunday visit is another initiative taken to enhance the number of people who take up the Louvre tours. Make sure to take a private Louvre Museum tour to uncover the secrets of “the Man behind the Artist”.