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Chopin at Musée de la Vie Romantique

Delacroix14 Text: Nick Forrester
Image: Frédéric Chopin by Eugène Delacroix

To celebrate the bicentenary of Chopin's birth the Musée de la vie Romantique is presenting an important exhibition and homage to the composer. The museum, formerly Ary Scheffer’s Villa, was frequented by Chopin, who was Scheffer’s friend and neighbor during his time in Paris between 1831 and 1848.

The exhibition, dedicated to these Parisian years, links together literature, painting, music and a range of correspondences between Chopin’s circle of "Nouvelles Athenes" artists. There is a wide variety of interesting paintings and sketches including Delacroix’s portrait of Chopin and Eugene Lami’s depictions of social gatherings and concerts, attended by a fantastic array of artists.

The main relationship between Chopin, Delacroix and George Sand whose conversations lead to the famous description of the ‘blue notes’ said to mirror an inward reflection of a very particular atmosphere and place. Chopin intended to create a pictorial and musical space in the imagination. The relationship between his innovative style and painting is also explored.

Musée de la Vie Romantique
Hôtel Scheffer-Renan
16, rue Chaptal
75009 Paris
Métro : St Georges, Blanche, Pigalle, Liège
Open Tueday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm, Thursdays until 8pm

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