The Women of Algiers by Delacroix regains its brilliance

Two years after the restoration of Scenes from the Scio massacres (1824), another flagship work by Eugène Delacroix returned to the walls of the Salle Mollien at the Louvre on Tuesday. The work carried out on the Women of Algiers in their apartment (1834), carried out by Bénédicte Trémolières and Luc Hurter from April to October 2021, consisted of removing layers of varnish applied over successive restorations, now oxidized, yellowed and thickened, in order to regain the saturation and contrast of the colors and reduce the appearance of certain cracks. As the paintings were heavily impastoed, removing the varnish from the bumps and dips was one of the main challenges. “This work allows us to better appreciate the subtleties of Delacroix’s technique: his range of whites, his subtle work of…

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