Flowers in Winter at the Musée Delacroix
From 12 December 2012 to 18 March 2013
An iconic artist's take on nature
For the winter season, the Musée Eugène Delacroix is presenting Delacroix's most beautiful floral representations, placing them side-by-side with the more contemporary works of artists Michel Othoniel et Johan Creten. Concentrating particularly on the paintings and watercolors of Delacroix, the museum invites visitors to discover the gardens and bouquets created by this world-renowned artist. Paintings from museums in the United States and Europe have been borrowed for this exhibition, entitled 'Des Fleurs en Hiver' ('Flowers in Winter'). More generally, the exhibition also incorporates the theme of nature, which was a source of inspiration for almost every pre-modern artist, including Monet and Cézanne. This impulse was inspired by a nostalgic desire to return to nature after the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. In addition to paying tribute to the theme of nature as represented in the past, the exhibition also provides a modern interpretation of the natural theme. To this effect, the museum requested two modern artists, Othoniel and Creten, to craft their own responses to the floral work of Delacroix. Created specifically for the occasion, much of this work will be revealed for the first time during the exhibition.