Housed in what was once the painter’s apartment and studio, this small museum is dedicated to Eugène Delacroix, one of the greatest artists of the Romantic period. Old and sick, Delacroix moved here in 1857 to be closer to the church of St-Sulpice, where he was decorating a chapel. He managed to finish the paintings, 3 years before he died here, in 1863. “It takes great fortitude to be yourself,” he once said, and he certainly had it: At his death he left behind some 8,000 paintings, drawings, and pastels. Though none of his major works are in the museum, several of his smaller paintings decorate the walls, including the mysterious Mary Magdalene in the Wilderness. Furniture, mementos, and other personal items are on display, including the artist’s palate and paint box. The museum is located on the exquisitely beautiful place de Furstenberg, a small and leafy square.
- Margie Rynn