Beauty in bursting color at MIA

| December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Fanatics of Tangier, by Ferdinand Delacroix, 1837-38

The Fanatics of Tangier, by Ferdinand Delacroix, 1837-38

The art of Ferdinand Victor Eugene Delacroix and the painters who learned from his imaginative use of color is on display for about another month at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and it’s a rare opportunity to see a number of pieces loaned to the MIA by museums from around the world for a this exhibit.

Delacroix, self portrait

Delacroix, self portrait

Along with the dozens of works by the prolific Delacroix, a 19th century Frenchman, the Minneapolis showing — Delacroix’s Influence: The Rise of Modern Art from Cézanne to van Gogh —includes beautiful pieces by Gauguin, Degas, Renoir and many more, all who in some way tried to capture the approach Delacroix invented, using color to highlight on what he wished viewers to focus.

Several of Delacroix’s paintings are portraits and scenes from mythology and history, and they are outstanding, but he seems to reach an even higher level when his oils capture scenes from real life.

Several versions of Delacroix’s painting of the crucifixion are found toward the end of the exhibit, and placed in contrast with a work on a similar topic by Vincent Van Gogh, a Pieta (below) that is itself worth the $20 admission fee.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 10.

Ticketing does take place at the door, but you can also purchase tickets online for a specific time slot. For information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.artsmia.org.

Pieta, by Vincent vah Gogh

Pieta, by Vincent vah Gogh

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