The Louvre’s Critically Acclaimed Delacroix Show Gets Record-Breaking Attendance

  • 2018-07-31
  • artnet news

A record half a million people went to the Louvre’s Eugène Delacroix blockbuster, which is headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the fall. The survey brings together 180 works that span the French painter’s career. With nearly 540,000 visitors, it is the busiest show in the history of the Paris museum.

Delacroix is one of France’s greatest 19th-century painters, best known for his 1830 painting Liberty Leading the People, but there has not been a full-scale survey of his work in the past fifty years. Liberty will not be traveling to the Met for the September show.

The New York museum’s version of the show, which will be slightly smaller with 150 paintings, will open on September 17. A few of the artist’s largest works won’t be able travel to the US show because of their size.