February 22, 2014 – May 18, 2014
The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to host the first Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) exhibition in the United States in more than a decade. Delacroix and the Matter of Finish arrives in February and features the dramatic work of the leader of the French Romantic Movement, who was often heralded as “the father of impressionism.” Comprised of 31 paintings and 18 works on paper, the exhibition will highlight Delacroix’s unparalleled coloristic surface effects, his famously troubled collaboration with his studio assistants, and his preoccupation with the fate of civilizations. Filled with high drama, a fiery color palette, and expressive brushstrokes, Delacroix’s style set the precedent for later artists like Renoir, Seurat, and Cézanne. The BMA is one of only two venues to host Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, which represents works of collections from around the world, including Paris, Switzerland, Madrid, and New York.