Eugène Delacroix exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Very happy about the upcoming Eugène Delacroix exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum. Delacroix | The Metropolitan Museum of Art I read his journal when I was in my 20’s. I’ve always admired his work and felt a kinship as an artist. The painting below is titled Christ in the Garden of Olives. Its also known as Agony in the Garden, the garden being of course the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus suffered before he was crucified.
Currently there is a separate Eugène Delacroix exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Titled Devotion to Drawing. the exhibition is focused on his drawing. I got to see the exhibit last week. I got to see sketches in various stages from initial idea to more developed compositional studies. Also there were sketches related to the production of prints. And there were ecorché drawings done with red and black crayon which were great to see as well. There is an exhibition catalog available. I enjoyed the exhibit very much but am really looking forward to seeing the upcoming exhibition of paintings.
Notice below the vitality of the execution of this pen drawing. The constant practice of this type of drawing must have helped achieve swift brushwork even in his more finished, larger oils on canvas.
I looked for his painting of a portrait of a woman that he did. The painting is one of my favorite paintings at the Met. I love the expressiveness of his brushwork yet also the fidelity he was able to achieve. However, I couldn’t find the painting, it wasn’t in the room where it usually or with the paintings of 19th century France. Perhaps it will be featured in the upcoming exhibition. I hope it has not been cleaned for the purpose of the exhibit.
Another painting from the Met Collection, Jacob Wrestling the Angel
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