Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Delacroix studio in Paris

The Musée national Eugène Delacroix is housed in part of the painter's apartment and studio. Delacroix moved to rue de Furstenberg on december 28, 1857. He had left his rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette' studio to get closer to the Church of Saint-Sulpice for which he was in charge of decorating a chapel, now called the Chapel of the Holy Angels. Although seriously ill, the artist was determined to finish his work at the chapel but was unable to manage a long trip daily.

In order to prevent the destruction of the studio to make room for a parking garage, the Society of Eugène Delacroix was formed in 1932 on request of the painters Maurice Denis and Paul Signac. The Society was able to rent the studio then the apartment. Its purpose was to « provide for and maintain » the premises and promote Delacroix's work. In 1952, the building was put up for sale and the society -unable to acquire the premises- gave its collection to the French State in order to secure it and create a museum which became, in 1971 the Eugène Delacroix National Museum.

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