The Delacroix Museum (managed by the Louvre) is just a few minutes away in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a fountain bears his name in the Jardin du Luxembourg and his last works adorn the Chapel of the Holy Angels in Saint-Sulpice church.
We went searching and found Delacroix… everywhere! Here’s our report.
The painter live in Paris for nearly 60 years, mostly on the Left Bank where he had his workshop, initially on rue Jacob and then on rue Furstenberg where the Delacroix Museum is now.
The discrete entrance is in the corner of a sweet little square and across a paved courtyard…
The museum is upstairs, with three smallish rooms and a library for research. There’s actually quite a lot to see – painting of course, but also sculptures and works by other artists that Delacroix knew or influenced.
Indeed, the museum continues to expand its collection – in April 2016 it preempted a rare portrait of George Sand by Delacroix that was about to go to auction.
After these rooms, the museum still has a surprise in store for you (in fact, some visitors miss it completely, as we witnessed) – the painter’s workshop is ‘hidden’ behind the main building, with a secret garden that reminds us a little of the one at la Belle Juliette.
The workshop is also where the museum shows it temporary exhibitions. It’s a shame that some people don’t even see it!
Aftre leaving the museum we headed to the nearby Saint-Sulpice church. Delacroix painted on the chapels there, but we didn’t get to see it – a full and costly renovation is taking place and should be finished at the end of 2016.
There’s a French magazine article here with more info, and you can help cofund the restoration work on this page: www.fondation-patrimoine.org/don-delacroix (they’ve already raised nearly 39,000€).
And our last encounter with Delacroix took place in the lovely setting of the Jardin du Luxembourg, just minutes from the Hôtel Baume and our other hotels.
Tucked behind the Senate building is a fountain that was erected in 1890 as homage to Delacroix. It hasn’t changed a bit in 125 years, and the gardens and still just as magnificent…
(To check out all our Delacroix photos, click here)
The Delacroix Museum (here) is open every day except Tuesdays from 9.30am-5.30pm
Twinned entry including the Louvre: 15€