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David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre
September 23 through December 31, 2011


Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863)
Study for The Death of Sardanapalus
Pen and brown ink and brown wash
Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY
Photo: Franck Rau

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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 eighty drawings by such noted artists as David, Prud'hon, Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, and Corot.

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 organized by Louis-Antoine Prat, curator in the Department of Graphic Arts at the Musée du Louvre and Jennifer Tonkovich, curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Morgan Library & Museum, with the assistance of Esther Bell, Moore Curatorial Fellow, The Morgan Library & Museum.

The Morgan acknowledges the exceptional collaboration of the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the support of the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

This exhibition is made possible by a major gift from Karen H. Bechtel.

Generous support is provided by the Alex Gordon Fund for Exhibitions, the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc., Karen B. Cohen, Wildenstein & Co., Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Grand Marnier Foundation, with additional assistance from Patrick and Elizabeth Gerschel.

The catalogue is generously underwritten by the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation.

Related Programs:

Family Program
September 24 is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2011!
Saturday, September 24, 2011, 2–5 p.m.

Lecture
Drawing in the Age of Revolutions: New Perspectives
Saturday, September 24, 2011, 2–6 p.m.

Concert
"Réalités Invisibles" — Music from the Life of Marcel Proust
Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Gallery Talk
David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre
Friday, October 28, 2011, 7 p.m.

Gallery Talk
David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre
Friday, December 02, 2011, 7 p.m.

Family Programs
Winter Family Day Celebration
Sunday, December 04, 2011, 2–5 p.m.

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