Exhibition Eugène Delacroix and George Sand
A Friendship in Words and Images
from September 23, 2016 to February 27, 2017
Eugène Delacroix, Portrait de George Sand
© RMN-GP (musée du Louvre) / Thierry Le Mage
Eugène Delacroix and George Sand first met in November 1834, when Frédéric Buloz, editor-in-chief of La Revue des deux mondes, asked the artist to paint a portrait of the writer to illustrate his articles. Sand’s relationship with Alfred de Musset had just ended; the writer was a broken young woman when she posed for the artist.
The meeting was the beginning of a great, spirited friendship that had its share of ups and downs, and lasted until the painter’s death in 1863. The Musée National Eugène-Delacroix acquired this intimate, moving portrait last spring, and has organized an exhibition centered around the friendship and the artistic life of the day in honor of this remarkable acquisition.
The exhibition will showcase The Education of the Virgin, a large canvas painted in 1842 for the church of Nohant, where the artist was visiting his friend. The pair shared a love of Shakespeare and Byron, and admired the raw power and fiery palettes of Spanish art. Set up in the artist’s former studio, the exhibition highlights Delacroix’s various talents: painting, drawing, etching and writing.
Dominique de Font-Réaulx, Musée National Eugène-Delacroix.
From September 23, 2016 to February 27, 2017
Musée National Eugène-Delacroix
6, rue de Furstenberg
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 41 86 50
Line 4 (Saint-Germain-des-Prés station) and line 10 (Mabillon station).
Open every day (except Tuesday) from 9:30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., and until 9:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.
The Musée du Louvre ticket also gives access to the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix on the same day.