On April 29, 1998, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the award of a grant of $120,000 to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in support of the major upcoming exhibition, Delacroix: The Late Work, which will be on view at the Museum from September 15, 1998, to January 3, 1999. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be the only North American venue for the exhibition devoted to the great 19th-century Romantic painter, which is currently on view at the Grand Palais, Paris, through July 20, 1998.
Delacroix: The Late Work explores the final years of the French artist Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863). Organized in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the artist's birth, the exhibition comprises some 70 paintings and 40 works on paper created during the last 15 years of his life. Delacroix: The Late Work has been organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in conjunction with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux in Paris.
Perhaps the last artist to work in the grand tradition of the 'Old Master,' Delacroix produced an inventive and dramatic body of work that was in turn to exert profound influence on the great French pioneers of Impressionist and modern painting, such as Renoir, Cézanne, Picasso, and Matisse. "We are honored to bring this splendid show of Delacroix's late work to North American audiences, and are enormously grateful to the NEA for its crucial support for this project as well as the many other exhibitions and programs that it makes possible both at this Museum and across the United States," said Anne d'Harnoncourt, Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Scott Shanklin-Peterson, Senior Deputy Chairman of the NEA, said "The National Endowment for the Arts renews its vital investment in our nation's artistic legacy with these grants that foster the creation of art, strengthen arts organizations, and significantly broaden public access to the arts in all states and territories."
Major exhibitions that have been organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art with assistance from the NEA have included Cézanne (May 30-September 1, 1996), Sidney Goodman (February 11-March 31, 1996), Brancusi (October 8-December 31, 1995), and Japanese Design: A Survey Since 1950 (September 25-November 20, 1994), among others. In addition to the generous grant from the NEA, Delacroix: The Late Work has been supported in part by Elf Atochem North America, Inc. Additional support has been provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Montgomery Scott Endowment for Exhibitions. US Airways is the airline sponsor. NBC 10 WCAU is the media sponsor.