Eugène Delacroix &
Paul Delaroche

History as a sensation

11. October to 17. January 2016

Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) and Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) number amongst the most significant historic painters of the 19th century in France, with their historic paintings causing a stir in the Paris Salon from around 1820 onwards. Although Delaroche has slipped into near obscurity in the meantime and Delacroix is regarded as the more modern of the two, Delaroche won far greater recognition from his contemporaries for his startling realism in the depiction of historical events. For the first time, these two artists are now to be contrasted with one another in one exhibition. The depiction of history in the era from 1820 to 1850 was influenced to a large extent by the experience of major social upheavals following hard on the heels of each other (French Revolution 1789, rise and fall of Napoleon, the restoration, the revolutions of 1830 and 1848). Under the influence of the romantic current pervading literature and the establishment of the science of history, both painters placed the emotional effect of history in the … read more