Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art

Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Admission: GBP 14 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 22/05/2016
Opening Times
Monday: 1000 - 1800
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 2100
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
Closed 1 January and 24-26 December.
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Eugène Delacroix can be considered both as the last painter of the Grand Style but also the first modern master whom art transformed French painting in the 19th century.

“We all paint in Delacroix’s language,” observed Cézanne and from the bold colours and abstract shapes of Matisse and Kandinsky, to the expressiveness of Van Gogh and Gauguin, to the vibrant complementary colours of the Impressionists, all can be traced back to Eugène Delacroix.

This exhibition traces 50 years of Delacroix’s legacy, exploring the profound impact he had on generations of artists to come. and was at the time of his death in 1863, the most revered artist among the avant-garde in Paris.

Drawing inspiration from British art and literature, his real and imagined travels to North Africa, and biblical scenes; every chord of human passion can be found in Delacroix’s paintings – stories of love, murder, violence, and war. “The first merit of a painting is to be a feast for the eye,” he emphasised towards the end of his life.

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