A “New” Delacroix?

Comparison of two side by side works by Eugene Delacroix

(Left) Eugène Delacroix, The Last Words of Marcus Aurelius, undated. 25.6 x 31.7 in. The Van Asch van Wyck Trust (Right) Eugène Delacroix, Hercules and Alcestis, 1862. Oil on cardboard, 12 3/4 x 19 1/4 in. Acquired 1940. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

I recently stumbled on this article by Christopher Knight in The Los Angeles Times that reports on the possible discovery of a new work by Eugène Delacroix. The article states that a curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art believes The Last Words of Marcus Aurelius (above left) to be a previously unidentified painting by the artist. It’s currently included in an exhibition displayed next to similar works by the artist, as well as a known copy, to demonstrate the argument.

Compare it above with Delacroix’s Hercules and Alcestis from The Phillips Collection. What do you think?

Amy Wike, Marketing Manager