We found that attending curators’ lectures at the British Museum before going to the exhibitions made them much more interesting so. before visiting the show at the National Gallery on Delacroix (1798-1863), I went to the fascinating talk by the co-curator of the show, Patrick Noon of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
My favourite works by Delacroix himself are his self-portrait and the ‘swagger portrait’ of Baron Schwiter which would have influenced Sargent. However, I much preferred the paintings in the exhibition by the artists he influenced.
His disciples mourned the fact that as Delacroix died in August 1953, when Paris had emptied for the summer, few attended his funeral. Henri Fantin-Latour painted a group portrait of them surrounding a copy of Delacroix’s self-portrait. They were: