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Musee National Eugene Delacroix
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Owner description: The former home of 19th-century painter Eugène Delacroix has been preserved and has a number of his works on display.
Reviewed 24 June 2012

This small museum is in the middle of St. Germain area, but is very hard to find, until you're there ! Only after you pay 10e to get in you see how small it is. You would have to be a huge fan to find the meagre displays satisfying. I did not.

4  Thank Adrian H
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

Anyone even vaguely interested in the great painter Eugène Delacroix should not fail to visit the museum devoted to him. It occupies the last of the dozen or so houses he occupied in Paris during the final years of his life, and, although it is a mere couple of minutes walk from the Saint-Germain-des-Prés metro station it is a quiet haven, the entrance hidden away in the corner of the exquisite little Place de Furstenberg.

At the moment much of the space (including his vast studio) is taken up by a temporary exhibition based on the painters who admired him (Fantin Latour, in particular), so you might be disappointed that there are so few examples of the works of Delacroix on show. (Though make sure not to miss the tender portrait of his elderly housekeeper Jenny Le Guillou, who nursed him through his final illness until his death on the 13 August 1863.)

However, since the museum is administered by the Louvre, it makes sense to combine a visit to both museums for the price of one. You can only do this on the same day, but you could make it a proper Delacroix day.

Get to the Place de Furstenberg at 9.30, opening time and buy a double ticket, currently for 10 euros (the price you would pay for the Louvre alone).Spend an hour, say, including a few minutes in the pleasant garden, then head towards the river and walk across to the Louvre.

There will certainly be a queue, but most people won't have a ticket. So go to the front and enter the separate place for people already holding tickets. Once inside, find out where the Delacroix paintings are to be found, and you will be in for a treat. There is averything from the vast canvases, such as 'Liberty leading the People' (La Liberté Guidant le Peuple), 'Death of Sardanapalus', and 'Women of Algiers' down to more intimate works, including a lovely self-portrait, as well as an unfinished portrait of his friend Chopin.

That might be enough of the Louvre for one day. There's no law that says you have to see absolutely everything.

3  Thank eddiebrylcreem
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

Just one thing - there were exactly 3 pieces by Delacroix. Rest was either by his friends or influenced by him. Good thing we had this included in our Paris Musem Pass, or I would feel I have been ripped off.

4  Thank marks80
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

Eugene Delacroix, the leader of the French Romantic painters, who died in 1863, just before the Impressionist onslaught, had a lot of friends. If not for them this small museum, well-located in the St. Germain area of Paris, would not exist. Practically all of his important work can be found in the Louvre. Here you find a few paintings and the studio in which he did his work. When I went in January 2012 there was a temporary exhibit of a painting by his friend Fantin-Latour done after Delacroix's death showing his live friends and a painting within the painting of Delacroix. If you have plenty of time in this wonderful city, go. If not, skip it. The small garden is very pleasant.

3  Thank Bampi
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

Delacroix lived in this house during part of his career and it contains a number of his own works, plus other memorabilia. It is not a large collection, but many of the art works are very choice and fill in a sense of Delacroix's career beyond the famous paintings found in the Louvre or the Musee d'Orsay. We have visited always during the winter months, so the garden's charms cannot be clearly described, but we hope to go back in warmer weather.

2  Thank shri420
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