This nice little stop-by was on our Paris Museum Pass and good for combining with nearby Saint-Suplice. Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix was a French artist of the Romantic genre and chose this address for his apartment/studio when working on a commission for that very church. He lived and worked here from 1857 until his death in 1863 and, six decades later, some loyal followers had the residence converted to a museum. His former apartment and studio contain a small collection of paintings, sketches and memorabilia, and the courtyard garden is planted with botanicals the artist was fond of and which had appeared in his works.
If you have visited the Louvre, you no doubt will have seen and recognized his most famous contribution: Liberty Leading the People. The painting was done to commemorate the 3-day July Revolution of 1830 that drove out the royalist Charles X in favor of his cousin, Louis Philippe of Orleans, and the hope of a more constitutional, less oppressive monarchy. Many hundreds of Parisians died in this short but bloody uprising, and there is a monument to fallen, Colonne de Juillet, in the center of Place de la Bastille.
The museum is closed on Tuesdays, Jan 1, May 1, and Christmas Day. Reference the website for hours, entry fees and more about the collection. Visiting involves climbing stairs: not handicap accessible. Delacroix's frescos may still be seen at Saint-Suplice, and you may visit his resting place in Père Lachaise Cemetery.
Bonus: Not using a pass? Same-day admission is free with your Louvre ticket! See the website for details: http://www.musee-delacroix.fr/en/
It's hard to find the Delacroix Museum because it's hidden inside a courtyard. It is worth the search for two reasons, (1) the museum is very interesting and (2) the garden inside is a treasure, a small treasure but nevertheless a treasure.
We have been there before and were not allowed to take pictures. We were delighted to discover they are now allowing photography if you don't use your flash.
The lovely little street outside is the epitomy of romantic Paris and we've never seen a lot of street traffic so it's a very peaceful charming Paris street. The museum is included in the Paris Museum Pass.
Closed Tuesdays and some holidays. Check the web site or call.
After a couple of unsuccessful attempts to reach Musée national Eugene Delacroix ... first because we couldn't locate it and secondly because we arrived after it had closed!! , our group of three single gals finally made it!!!
As an artist, one of my favourite of the famous artists is Eugene Delacroix, so I was really anticipating seeing his last place of residence and studio that he moved into December 28, 1857, having left his rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette studio.
This last apartment of his was closer to the Eglise de Saint Sulpice, for which Delacroix had just been commissioned to decorate the Chapelle des Saints-Anges.
He lived there for 6 years.
The museum has been faithfully restored by "The Society of Eugene Delacroix" and provides an intimate setting for a selection of paintings, watercolours, pastels, sketches, and preparatory studies by Delacroix himself, as well as a number of letters, and photographs of his close friends (Baudelaire, George Sand, Leon Reisner...); the whole gives a glimpse of the complex personality of the man who was one of the major figures in French painting in the 19th century.
Price of admission: 4 euros
OPEN: Every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CLOSED: TUESDAYS, January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.