|Me outside the studio building.|
- You get to see some fine smaller paintings and statues.
- You see sketches and sketchbooks that give you a glimpse of his working process.
- You see lots of the personal objects he collected, particularly from his life-changing visits to north Africa.
- You get to stand inside his studio.
- And all this without the crush of crowds inside the Louvre.
|From top: two of Delacroix's painting toolboxes,|
including a palette; one of his sketchbooks
- His detailed descriptions of his ideas about local colour and reflected colour, the idea (fact, actually) that most objects placed very closed to each other will pick up some of the colour of the object nearest to them. This seems obvious to us now, but Delacroix was considered a crackpot at the time for trying to paint that way.His unashamed hints of sleeping with his models.
- His account of a fight between two horses in Algiers, a subject that he painted and returned to often throughout his career.
- Attending concerts in Paris, his love of Beethoven and his bemusement at the music of Berlioz.
- Visiting the composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, feeling moved to tears by his suffering at the end of Chopin's short life.
- The disillusion with his own work that he felt towards the end, even as he was executing a huge commission to paint murals in the church of Saint Sulpice.
|From top: inside the studio; my drawing of a painting in the studio;|
my drawing from one of Delacroix's sketches, which I drew on the
museum's hand-out then glued into my sketchbook.
N.B. A few years ago, shortly after I started this blog, I posted a long series of excerpts from Delacroix's Journals, which you can read by entering "journals of eugene delacroix" in the Search Box, in the right-hand column, above, of this blog.