David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre

The Morgan Library and Museum (New York, New York) acknowledges the exceptional collaboration of the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the support of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris an exciting exhibition: “David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre.”

The State Barge of Cardinal Richelieu on the Rhone (1826; watcolor and gouache over graphite) by Paul Delaroche (1797-1856). Musée du Louvre; Reunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY; photography: Franck Raux

From the time of the French Revolution of 1789 through the reign of King Louis-Philippe and the establishment of the Second Empire in 1852, an incredible concentration of artistic talent brought its collective skill to bear on one of the most turbulent times in French history. This exhibition features some of the greatest examples of works on paper of the period from Paris’s famed Musée du Louvre. Included are 80 drawings by such noted artists as David, Prud’hon, Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix and Corot.

The Denial of Saint Peter (1862; pen and brown ink, brown wash) by Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863). Musée du Louvre; Reunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY; photography: Jean-Gilles Berizzi

Rarely does the Louvre allow such a major group of drawings, with so many iconic works, to travel. The exhibition will offer visitors a singular opportunity to experience the mastery of the era. The Morgan is the only venue for this important show.

“David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre” is open through December 31, 2011. For more information about the Morgan Library and Museum, click here.

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