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Delacroix: The Late Work
September 15, 1998 - January 3, 1999
The Death of Sardanapalus
The Death of Sardanapalus, 1844
Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix, French
Oil on canvas
29 x 32 7/16 inches (73.7 x 82.4 cm) Framed: 39 3/4 x 47 3/4 x 3 5/8 inches (101 x 121.3 x 9.2 cm)
The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986
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Delacroix: The Late Work
September 15, 1998 - January 3, 1999

Celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), the Réunion des Musées Nationaux in Paris and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have organized Delacroix: The Late Work, an exhibition of some seventy paintings and forty works of art on paper from public and private collections around the world. This will be the first exhibition in a decade to examine the great genius of Delacroix.

A pivotal figure in the history of nineteenth-century art, Delacroix stands both at the culmination of the great painterly tradition of Titian, Veronese, Rubens, and Rembrandt and at the beginning of something quite new, quite "modern." Evidence of Delacroix's modernity comes in the form of the reverence given to him by those artists of the following generations who were so profoundly influenced by his work—Renoir, Cézanne, Picasso, and Matisse. With subjects ranging from saints and warriors to mythical goddesses, from Arab hunting scenes and tigers to sumptuous bouquets of flowers, Delacroix's late work reveals a deepening spiritual intensity and has more to do with aesthetic reflection and personal recollection than with the expansive narrative that characterized his grand public commissions.


This exhibition was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux.


The exhibition has been supported in part by Elf Atochem North America, Inc. Additional support was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Montgomery Scott Endowment for Exhibitions, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. US Airways is the airline sponsor. NBC 10 WCAU is the broadcast media sponsor. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are the print media sponsors.


Joseph J. Rishel • Senior Curator of European Painting before 1900, the John G. Johnson Collection, and the Rodin Museum
Arlette Sérullaz • Curator of Drawings at the Musée du Louvre
Vincent Pomerède • Chief Curator of Paintings at the Musée du Louvre


Dorrance Gallery, first floor


Delacroix: The Late Work, a catalogue of the exhibition


Grand Palais, Paris • April 7 - July 20, 1998 Philadelphia Museum of Art • September 15, 1998 - January 3, 1999

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