Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art

National Gallery 17th February to 22nd May 2016

Eugène Delacroix, Lion Hunt, 1861, Oil on canvas 76.3 x 98.2 cm, © The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois Potter Palmer Collection, 1922.404

Eugène Delacroix, Lion Hunt, 1861, Oil on canvas 76.3 x 98.2 cm, © The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois Potter Palmer Collection, 1922.404

Trafalgar Square Lion, £18.95, National Gallery Company

Trafalgar Square Lion, £18.95, National Gallery Company

Chunky Gold Nugget Bracelet, -ú8.95, National Gallery Company Ltd

Chunky Gold Nugget Bracelet, £8.95, National Gallery Company Ltd

Ophelia Cosmetic Bag, -ú12.50, National Gallery Company Ltd

Ophelia Cosmetic Bag, £12.50, National Gallery Company Ltd

Yellow Ceramic Tagine, -ú8.95, National Gallery Company Ltd

Yellow Ceramic Tagine, £8.95, National Gallery Company Ltd

From the bold colours and abstract shapes of Matisse and Kandinsky, to the expressiveness of Van Gogh and Gauguin, to the vibrant complementary colours of the Impressionists. All can be traced back to Eugène Delacroix – the last painter of the Grand Style but equally one of the first modern masters, who transformed French painting in the 19th century.

‘Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art’ is a long-overdue homage to France’s leading exponent of Romanticism – a true original who, at the time of his death in 1863, was the most revered artist among the avant-garde in Paris.

Drawing inspiration from British art and literature, his real and imagined travels to North Africa, and biblical scenes; every chord of human passion can be found in Delacroix’s paintings – stories of love, murder, violence, and war. “The first merit of a painting is to be a feast for the eye,” he emphasised towards the end of his life.

Placing Delacroix alongside contemporaries such as Courbet and Chassériau, this exhibition traces 50 years of Delacroix’s legacy, exploring the profound impact he had on generations of artists to come.

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/delacroix

To coincide with this exciting new exhibition the National Gallery have created a Spring Product range inspired by the works of Delacroix

These new products are available in the Sainsbury Wing Shop of the National Gallery and online at
https://www.nationalgallery.co.uk/

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