Delacroix and the Matter of Finish

Eik Kahng; With essays by Marc Gotleib and Michèle Hannoosh

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November 26, 2013
168 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 1/2
130 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300199444
HC - Paper over Board

Distributed for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This groundbreaking publication centers on a previously unknown variation of Eugène Delacroix’s (1798–1863) dramatic masterpiece The Last Words of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, published here for the first time.  This book offers a compelling reassessment of the relationship of the artist, widely considered a primary exemplar of Romanticism, to Neoclassical themes, as demonstrated by his life-long fascination with the death of Marcus Aurelius.  Through this investigation, the authors reinterpret Delacroix’s lineage to such fellow artists as Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780–1867) and Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825).  Playing on the various interpretations of the word “finish,” the book also offers a fascinating account of Delacroix’s famously troubled collaboration with his studio assistants, his conflicted feelings about pedagogy, and his preoccupation with the fate of civilizations.

Eik Kahng is assistant director and chief curator, Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Marc Gotlieb is director of the graduate program and Class of 1955 Memorial Professor of Art, Williams College.  Michèle Hannoosh is professor of French, University of Michigan.

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