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French Romanticism

May 15 – September 9, 1979
West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 93

Eugène Delacroix, Christopher Columbus and His Son at La Rábida, 1838, oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection, 1963.10.127

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: The focal point of this small exhibition of French romantic paintings of the 19th century was the great Eugène Delacroix painting Dante and Virgil in Hell, lent by the Musée du Louvre. Delacroix's portrait of Frédéric Chopin and Gustave Courbet's portrait of Hector Berlioz, also from the Louvre, as well as Delacroix's portrait of Niccolò Paganini, lent by the Phillips Collection, were hung with 8 Chester Dale paintings of the same period in a Dale gallery on the Main Floor. This exhibition was presented as the Gallery's contribution to a festival of music, dance, and drama held at the Kennedy Center.

Leaflet: French Romanticism. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art [1979].

Souvenir program: Paris: The Romantic Epoch. Washington, DC: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1979.

Attendance: 213,811