The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, June 19, 2018

First exhibition on Eugène Delacroix in the U.S. in over a decade opens at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Eugène Delacroix, The Last Words of Marcus Aurelius, n.d. Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 31 3/4 in. The van Asch van Wyck Trust.

SANTA BARBARA, CA.- This important and beautiful international loan exhibition marks the first presentation on the celebrated French artist Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) in the United States in over a decade, and the first major monographic show devoted to the Romantic artist on the West coast. Featuring 27 paintings and 18 works on paper, the exhibition also showcases a previously unknown and unpublished version of Delacroix’s dramatic masterpiece, The Last Words of Marcus Aurelius, which recently surfaced in a Santa Barbara private collection. After several years of scholarly and technical study, the painting has now been authenticated by Santa Barbara Museum of Art Assistant Director and Chief Curator, Eik Kahng.

Delacroix is typically associated with Romanticism and thought of as its primary exponent ― i.e. the leader of an art movement that dominated French painting in the first half of the 19th century, characterized by the representation of extreme states of emotion through an expressive use of bold color in dynamic compositions. The artist’s most beloved images include the so-called “Orientalist” pictures, featuring exotic subjects such as The Fanatics of Tangier , featured in the exhibition, as well as his more overtly political allegories, the most famous of which is Liberty On the Barricades (1830–31, Musée du Louvre). Yet the artist was also drawn to dramatic moments in Greek and Roman history, and demonstrated a life-long fascination with the Stoic Roman philosopher-emperor, Marcus Aurelius.

Delacroix’s allegiance to classical subjects was the consequence of his deep admiration for the greatest art of the past, which the ambitious artist strove to surpass, especially in his public, large-scale decorations. At the same time, his restless search for the technical means to convey the vividness of the hallucinatory scenes of human drama played out in his mind’s inner eye―whether plucked from the pages of history, Homer, or the poetry of Lord Byron―make him one of the most innovative artists of the 19th century.

In the accompanying exhibition catalogue, curator Eik Kahng offers an extensive iconographic study of the sources for the subject of The Last Words of Marcus Aurelius, thereby reassessing the artist’s relationship to Romanticism’s supposed antithesis, Neoclassicism, and to artists such as Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725–1805) and Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825), painters with whom Delacroix is not often compared.

Problems of attribution have long plagued Delacroix studies, particularly given the artist’s reliance on students as collaborators to support the most ambitious of public commissions, which included vast decorative cycles for the ceiling and walls of the Palais Bourbon and the Luxembourg Palace in Paris. Delacroix and the Matter of Finish is the first exhibition to invite side-by-side comparison between Delacroix’s paintings and the so-called “sketch-copies” by his closest students, Pierre Andrieu (1849–1935) and Louis de Planet (1814–1876), revealing a gulf in technical skill . The exhibition also offers a snapshot of the evolution of Delacroix’s painterly touch over the course of his rich career, from the relatively tight brushwork of Milton Dictating Paradise Lost to his Daughters (ca. 1827-28, Kunsthaus Zürich) to the explosive and almost abstract colorism of the last decades, as instanced by Winter. The artist’s willingness to allow for the “completion” of his “rough” painterly idea in the imagination of the viewer is a hallmark of the Romantic aesthetic and yet another play on the various connotations of the word “finish” in the exhibition’s title.

This exhibition, conceived by Dr. Kahng, is scheduled to travel to the Birmingham Museum of Art (on view February 23 – May 18, 2014) and represents the only other venue for the show. The 27 lenders for this exhibition include museums and private collectors throughout America, as well as distinguished institutions in Canada and Europe, including the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Honolulu Museum of Art; the Kunsthaus Zürich; the Kunstmuseum Basel; the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris; the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon; the Musée du Vieux-Toulouse; the Musée national Eugène Delacroix, Paris; the Musée Fabre, Montpellier; and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.

Today's News

October 28, 2013

Gems of Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art in Washington travel to Rome

Singer, songwriter, and artist Lou Reed dead at 71 of complications following liver surgery

For the first time at auction: 10 modern works from the collection of Dina Vierny

First exhibition on Eugène Delacroix in the U.S. in over a decade opens at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier sizzles in New York museum retrospective

Liminal: An exhibition of Callum Inne's most recent work opens at Sean Kelly Gallery

Sarah Morris creates a monumental, panoramic mural for the Kunsthalle Bremen

"The Nearest Air: A Survey of Works by Waltercio Caldas" opens at the Blanton Museum of Art

New Orleans Museum of Art acquires major work by American artist Will Ryman

Brooklyn-based artist Alison Elizabeth Taylor returns to James Cohan Gallery for fourth solo exhibition

Action star Sylvester Stallone shows off artistic side at museum of Russian art in Saint Petersburg

Decorative works of art auction announced at 25 Blythe Road on 19th November

The American Art Fair celebrates its 6th year at the landmarked Bohemian National Hall

Brazilian artist Marepe presents a group of seven sculptures at Anton Kern Gallery

"Discovering the American Modern 1907-1936: The King Collection" on view at The El Paso Museum of Art

Kim Dorland is Here: McMichael exhibition pairs bold new landscapes with Canadian classics

Jeff Depner's first solo New York exhibition opens at Nancy Margolis Gallery

Rare Parker "Aztec" pen up for auction at Bonhams New York in December

Sharon Louden's first solo exhibition with Morgan Lehman Gallery opens in New York

First solo exhibition in the United States by artist Michel de Broin opens at bitforms gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful