gershon hepner

Rookie - 10 Points (5 3 38 / leipzig)

Chopin And Delacroix - Poem by gershon hepner

Chopin shared with Delacroix, Eugene
a love for clothes, composer for, and player
of, the piano who was hardly keen
on paintings like child killing by Medea.

Dennis Bartel’s great composer on KUSC on December 21,2009 was Chopin who, he pointed out, did not like paintings, including those of his friend Eugène Delacroix. The two men had a common interest in clothes. Delacroix was one of the mourners at Chopin’s funeral, and in 1849 drew a sketch of him as Dante. In 1838 Delacroix exhibited Medea about to Kill Her Children, which created a sensation at the Salon. His first large-scale treatment of a scene from Greek mythology, the painting depicts Medea clutching her children, dagger drawn to slay them in vengeance for her abandonment by Jason. The three nude figures form an animated pyramid, bathed in a raking light which penetrates the grotto in which Medea has hidden. Though the painting was quickly purchased by the State, Delacroix was disappointed when it was sent to the Lille Musée des Beaux-Arts; he had intended for it to hang at the Luxembourg, where it would have joined The Barque of Dante and Scenes from the Massacres of Chios.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 21, 2009

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