There can never been too many French paintings in The Met.
Starting on September 17, 2018, an exhibit dedicated to French painter Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863), simply titled “Delacroix,” will be on display at The Met Fifth Avenue, until January 6, 2019.
Delacroix was one of the greatest painters of the 19th century. Growing up after the era of Napoleon, he created a body of work that is unrivaled in its creativity. With works like Liberty Leading the People (La Liberté guidant le peuple) and The Raft of the Medusa (Le Radeau de la Méduse), he set the bar for all French painters to follow.
“Delacroix” is the first comprehensive retrospective devoted to Delacroix in North America ever. The exhibit, a joint project with the Louvre in Paris, will display more than 150 paintings, drawings, prints and manuscripts, many of which have never been seen before in the US. Covering the breadth of his four decades of work, iconic paintings like Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi (1826) and Medea about to Kill Her Children (1838) will be on display beside rarely seen graphic art.