Walking from his studio home to the Louvre… a day with Eugène Delacroix.
Tackling the Louvre can be an immense challenge. On my last trip to Paris, I decided to start my day at the espresso bar followed by a metro ride to The Place de Furstenberg where Eugene resided from 1857 through his death in 1863. Musée National Eugène Delacroix is located right off of this square within the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. Commuting from the Opera District to the leafy and quiet neighborhood where this small museum resides, becomes soothing for the soul. The decibel level dwindles upon your arrival. It is here where you can quietly study the life of this great artist.
Paintings, drawings and engravings are displayed throughout the museum along with collected items from Eugene’s trip to Northern Africa in 1832. Although Eugene was not an avid traveler, Morocco proved to be life changing. He produced thousands of watercolors during his stay. This body of work served him well as he referred back to these compositions for future paintings. New explorations led to radical changes in his artistry. Four of these seven journals are archived at the Louvre and at Chantilly.
The rest of the day was spent walking through the Rive Gauche to and over the River Seine to discover Eugene’s work in the Louvre. Rather than running like a crazy person to see the Mona Lisa, I visited Room 77 on the first floor of the Denon Wing where Delacroix’s massive works can be found.
Exploring the home and studio, soaking in the street life of the left bank and then entering the gallery where Delacroix’s pieces are exhibited, makes for an impactful experience that is all about Romanticism. More Delacroix works can be found in the Sully Wing as well as a ceiling mural in the Apollo Gallery within the Denon Wing.
Admission to the Musée National Eugène Delacroix is included on the same day you’ve purchased a ticket for admission to the Louvre. If you have purchased a Paris Museum Pass, it is my recommendation to enter the museum at the Passage Richelieu on the north side of the museum to avoid long queues. You will see a small entrance with guards. Enter here with your pass and after check-in, proceed down the escalators and you are in the museum. It’s that easy.