From Wednesday 11 of December 2013, to Monday 17 of March 2014.
The Eugène Delacroix National Museum offers the opportunity of admiring a rarely exhibited collection of works of the great French romantic painter.
Son of a wealthy family of financiers, Etienne Moreau-Nélaton (1859 – 1927) succeeded thanks to his passion for art building a true work of a collector and prodigal sensitivity . This great art lover was himself a painter ceramist and lithographer. Singular personality, he was also a true passion of his father’s and his grandfather’s heir.
Delacroix Bequeathed Masterpieces Collection: This small exhibition takes as its starting point the generous donations made at the beginning of the 20th century to the Louvre Museum and other French museums by the collector Étienne Moreau-Nélaton. About one hundred paintings as well as autographs and drawings were therefore bequeathed by the art lover, whose grandfather (Adolphe Moreau, father) has rubbed shoulders with Eugène Delacroix and fervently championed the work.
Familiarity with the work of Delacroix formed Moreau-Nélaton, certainly an essential element in the formation of tastes and choices . For donations in 1906, 1907 and 1919 and the legacy of 1927, he was also, and especially one of the most generous donors to the Louvre and French museums, which owe a major enrichment of their collections and most important collection of works of Delacroix world.
The presentation gives pride of place to the family’s contribution in recognizing the talent of the author of Liberty Leading the People and the famous Autoportrait au gilet vert, among other masterpieces. Adolphe Moreau son, Étienne Moreau-Nélaton’s father, was himself behind the first brief catalog of the artist’s work, entitled Delacroix et son œuvre (1873).