The Musée Delacroix is currently putting on an itsy-bitsy exhibition about how the artist was inspired by Shakespeare.
The title, Eugène Delacroix, the Most Legitimate of Shakespeare’s Sons, is a tad ambitious for an exhibition basically composed of around twenty lithographs. But this is Paris, so let there be grandeur!
Delacroix was apparently a huge theatre fan, and he compared the work of the actor with that of the painter. He first saw Hamlet at the nearby Théâtre de l'Odéon in 1827, and he was fascinated by the tortured figure of the prince.
This exhibition is mainly comprised of lithographs (and their lithographic stones) presenting scenes from Hamlet, with a painting or two from Romeo and Juliet. And all this during the year of Shakespeare's 450th birthday!
Annnnnnnnd, that's about it.
I would recommend this exhibition if you are 1) a diehard fan of either Delacroix or Shakespeare, and 2) already in the neighborhood. It is a macaron-sized event: sweet enough to delight, too small to satisfy.
Eugène Delacroix, “the most legitimate of Shakespeare’s sons” at the Musée Eugène-Delacroix (until August 31, 2014)
Address: 6 rue de Furstenberg 75006 Paris ∣ Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés (line 4) or Mabillon (line 10) ∣ Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday from 9:30am to 5pm