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Acquisition Apollo slays Python by Eugène Delacroix

Crucial role of Delacroix’s work

The Van Gogh Museum enriched its collection with the 1850 oil sketch Apollo slays Python by the French painter Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863). Delacroix produced this study for the most important commission of his career - the ceiling paintings for the Galerie d’Apollon in the Louvre in Paris – which he executed a year later, in 1851. The oil sketch is a highly significant addition to the Van Gogh Museum’s collection for it shows how important Delacroix was as an example for Van Gogh and the crucial role his work played in the Dutchman´s development as an artist. The painting is currently on display at the 40th anniversary exhibition Van Gogh at Work.