The Birmingham Museum of Art opens Eugène Delacroix

The Birmingham Museum of Art is hosting the first Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) exhibition in the United States in more than a decade. Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, curated by Eik Kahng, assistant director and chief curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, opens today, and features iconic works by the leader of the French Romantic Movement, who is often heralded as the “father of impressionism.”

“The works of Eugène Delacroix are a truly dazzling feast for the eyes. His paintings are high drama – from the powerfully emotional subject matter to the fiery color palette and expressive brushstrokes. His style informed later artists like Renoir, Seurat, and Cézanne,” says Gail Andrews, R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Image: Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), Collision of Arab Horsemen