The National Museum of Western Art

update 11 December 2019

on display Permanent collection

Eugène Delacroix [Charenton-Saint-Maurice, 1798 - Paris, 1863]

The Education of the Virgin

Date1852
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)46 x 55.5
InscriptionsSigned lower right: Eug. Delacroix
Credit LineTransferred from the Tokyo National Museum
Standard ref.Robaut 1193; Johnson 461
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1970-0001
The Education of the Virgin

In 1842 Delacroix visited the home of the famous female novelist, George Sand, and used Sand's farm wife and her daughter as models for the oil painting of The Education of the Virgin, the scene where St. Anne teaches the Virgin how to read the Old Testament. This work depicting the same subject on a smaller scale was painted ten years later. Here the artist has emphasized the landscape more than in the former work, and has added a dog to the image. Generally Delacroix is best remembered for his large-scale paintings filled with dramatic action and brilliant colors and thus it is assumed that such images reflect his character. Quiet nocturnal works, such as this painting, illustrate yet another aspect of his diverse arts. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.58)

Provenance

M. Bischoffsheim; Zen'ichiro Hara, Japan; Tokyo National Museum,1947, from which transferred to the NMWA.

Exhibition History

1947
Masterpieces of the Western art, Tokyo National Museum, 15 October 1947 - 15 November 1947
1957
Seiyo Bijutsu Meisaku Ten (Masterpieces of European Art), Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, 1 February 1957 - 24 March 1957, cat. no. 118, col. repr.
1973
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Kochi Prefecture, Kochi, 28 October 1973 - 25 November 1973, cat. no. 15
1974
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, 13 October 1974 - 10 November 1974, cat. no. 15
1974
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Saga Prefectural Museum, Saga, 16 November 1974 - 1 December 1974, cat. no. 15
1975
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Yamagata Museum, Yamagata, 1 November 1975 - 30 November 1975, cat. no. 17
1976
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori, 9 October 1976 - 7 November 1976, cat. no. 5
1978
[Tour Exhibition] Masterpieces from the National Museum of Western Art, The Art Center of Oita Prefecture, Oita, 20 December 1978 - 31 January 1979, cat. no. 4
1985
Permanent exhibition, Ohara Museum of Art, 20 March 1985 - 20 July 1985
1997
Expressiveness of Materials, National Museum of Art, Osaka, 17 April 1997 - 22 June 1997, cat. no. 1
2015
NO MUSEUM, NO LIFE?: Art-Museum Encyclopedia to Come: From the Collections of the National Museums of Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 16 June 2015 - 13 September 2015, cat. no. E-28
2017
[Traveling Exhibitions Presenting National Art Museum Collections, Fiscal 2017] Muse: Women before the Artists' Eyes: From the Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, 22 April 2017 - 2 July 2017, Akita Museum of Modern Art, 15 July-18 September, cat. no. 13

Bibliography

1885
Robaut, Alfred. L'œuvre complet de Eugène Delacroix. Paris, Charavay Fréres, 1885, p. 319, no. 1193 (cf. p. 201, no. 752).
1925
Dorbec, Prosper. Le paysage dans l'œuvre d'Eugène Delacroix. Gazette des Beaux-Arts. ser. 5, tome 11, 1925, p. 143, repr., p. 139.
1929
Escholier, Raymond. Delacroix: peintre, graveur, écrivain. [vol. 3], Paris, Foury, 1929, p. 188, repr., [n. p.] (opposite of p. 176).
1948
Seiyo bijutsu meisaku syu. Tokyo, Asahi Shimbun Sha, 1948, no. 4
1961
Catalogue du Musée National d'Art Occidental, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1961 (Préface and Catalogue Général in Japanese and French), D-2.
1969
Robaut, Alfred; Chesneau, Ernest. L'œuvre complet de Eugène Delacroix: peintures, dessins, gravures, lithographies. New York, Da Capo Press, 1969 (1st ed., Paris, 1885), p. 319, no. 1193, repr.
1971
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1971 (Japanese), no. 22, repr.
1972
Rossi Bortolatto, Luigina. L'opera pittorica completa di Delacroix. Milano, Rizzoli, 1972, p. 126, no. 668.
1975
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no. 21, repr.
1978
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1978 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 27, repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 80, repr.
2006
Masterpieces of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art; Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2006 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 58, col. repr.
2009
Masterpieces of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art; Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2009, no. 58, col. repr.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 74, col. repr.

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