France is a nation known for its wine, cheese and art, and those wanting to explore the latter should consider a visit to the National Museum of Eugene Delacroix for things to do in Paris.
Eugene Delacroix has long been considered the leader of the eminent French Romantic school, with his influence also reaching the works of the Impressionists and the Symbolists.
A typically intellectual French hero, Delacroix's took for his inspiration the art of Peter Paul Rubens and various painters of the Venetian Renaissance. This is demonstrated by the fact that his works emphasise colour and movement over accuracy and form.
Paying tribute to his dynamic talent, renowned poet and art critic Charles Pierre Baudelaire once described Delacroix as "a volcanic crater artistically concealed beneath bouquets of flowers."
Art enthusiasts who want to find out more about this fascinating character will be delighted by the museum, which is situated in a square on the Left Bank.
Delacroix moved to this spot in 1857 to be closer to Eglise St-Sulpice, in which he was painting at the time.
Within the Musee National Delacroix, visitors will discover personal belongings including memorabilia from his various trips abroad and letters to and from his contemporaries. They can also explore his work and living quarters for a glimpse into the life of this pioneering painter.
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Posted by Georgina Black