Ingres and Delacroix. Artists' Objects

Ingres and Delacroix. Artists' Objects

March 27, 2024 June 10, 2024
A tobacco jar in the shape of a fish that belonged to Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), a gilded laurel crown awarded to Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) by the citizens of Montauban to celebrate his admission to the Senate, an illuminator's inkpot in Fez-style pottery, brought back by Delacroix from his travels in Morocco in 1832, paint-daubed palettes, Ingres's famous violin...
Ingres and Delacroix. Artists' Objects - Exhibition catalog
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Ingres and Delacroix. Artists' Objects - Exhibition catalog

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Starting from their real or supposed rivalry, Ingres and Delacroix. Artists' Objects explores the world of the two painters in detail. The intimate objects that belonged to them (decorative objects or travel souvenirs) joined to the objects of creation (palettes, including the one used by Ingres for The Turkish Bath, brushes, boxes and painting furniture, etc.) are juxtaposed with studio views or paintings representative of their art.

Also on display are various portraits of the two men, ceremonial images staged to glorify them or caricatures illustrating their confrontation, as well as their medals and decorations and various documents revealing their artistic tastes and aspirations.

All these objects speak to us in a different way about the two artists, showing their differences but also inducing unexpected comparisons. His violin has passed down to posterity, but it is less well known that Ingres liked to surround himself with casts of antiques or Greek vases and devoted a real cult to Raphael. Delacroix had kept objects (weapons, ceramics from Fez, musical instruments, etc.) brought back from his trip to Morocco and also liked animal trinkets, decorated with fish or snakes. While these objects lead us to question the links between the lives of artists and their work, they also allow us to enter into the intimacy and creative process of two of the greatest painters of the French nineteenth century.

Exhibition at the musée national Eugène-Delacroix from 27 March to 10 June 2024

254 pages

Co-publishing Louvre éditions / Le Passage
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