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Works of art currently included in the collection   

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    Berlioz and his music inspired many contemporary artists, especially painters and cartoonists. On this page you will find a collection of paintings, lithographs and other works of art. In these genres, pride of place goes to the French artist Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), some of whose works inaugurated this collection.

    The idea of paying homage to Berlioz through his paintings came to Fantin-Latour after attending a performance of Roméo et Juliette on 5 December 1875 conducted by Édouard Colonne. His first project, which was realised first as a sketch, then a lithograph and finally a painting, was entitled L’Anniversaire. Souvenir du 5 décembre 1875 [The Anniversary. Memories of the 5th December 1875].

    Later he created 14 lithographs specifically for the monumental biography of Berlioz that his distinguished friend Adolph Jullien published in 1888: Hector Berlioz, sa vie et ses œuvres (Paris, Librarie de l’art), with initially 30 copies of the print run. The subjects of these lithographs were various works of Berlioz. Fantin-Latour created other paintings and lithographs with Berlioz’s musical output as their subject.

    Marc Chagall’s famous painting on the ceiling of the Opéra Garnier in Paris (known as Chagall’s Ceiling) was inspired by nine musical works: Mozart’s Magic Flute, Berlioz’s dramatic symphony Roméo et Juliette, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Stravinsky’s Firebird, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Adam’s Giselle and Moussorgsky’s Boris Godounov. We have included on this page three images of the paintings.

    Also included in these pages are works by Marcella Acone, Michel Ayrton, Barbizet, Biro, Louis Boulanger, Eugène Delacroix, David Chirko, Julio de Diego, Henri Ding, Harvey Dunn, Haydn Greenway, Robert Malone, Albert Martin, Célestin Nanteuil, Alfred Roll, Sorrieu, G. Staal, David Stamhuis, Maurice Utrillo, and images from a 1942 film by Christian-Jaque.

    In addition to this page a number of other pages on this site with a similar content should be mentioned: Berlioz Cartoons, Berlioz and Literature, Berlioz-Inspired Art Postcards, and Berlioz Memorabilia.

Works of art currently included in the collection:

Henri Fantin-Latour

    Lithographs (1)
    Lithographs (2)
    Lithographs (3)
    Lithographs (4)

Lithographs by other artists

    Lithographs (1)
    Lithographs (2)

Marc Chagall and Alfred Roll

    Roméo et Juliette
    Symphonie fantastique

Henry Ding’s sculpture

    La Muse de Berlioz

Michael Ayrton’s drawings

    Lélio, Idée fixe

Maurice Utrillo’s paintings

    Berlioz’s home in Montmartre

Eugène Delacroix’s painting

    Berlioz’s home in Montmartre
Haydn Greenway’s paintings

    La Damnation de Faust
    Harold en Italie
    Requiem (variations on the same theme)
    Les Troyens
    Symphonie funèbre et triomphale
    Le spectre de la rose
    Te Deum
    Symphonie fantastique 
    Sir Colin Davis and Berlioz
    A tribute to Sir Colin Davis
    Berlioz and Paganini

Julio de Diego and Harvey Dunn

    Symphonie fantastique

Drawings by Marcella Acone

    Young Berlioz and his career (1)
    Young Berlioz and his career (2)
    Young Berlioz and his career (3)
    Young Berlioz : Drawings to mark Berlioz’s 207th birthday
    Young Berlioz : Drawing to mark Berlioz’s 209th birthday
    Symphonie fantastique
    La Damnation de Faust

Paintings by David Chirko

    The Opening Of Misty Berlioz
    Berlioz Orchestral Splash
Paintings by Albert Martin

    Harold en Italie

Pencil drawing by David Stamhuis

    Berlioz, after Michael Leonard

Berlioz on the screen

    La Symphonie Fantastique

Berlioz on book covers

    Cover designs: 1969-2015

LP cover designs: 1930s-1980s
photography and commentary by Robert Malone

    Berlioz on LP covers (1)
    Berlioz on LP covers (2)
    Berlioz on LP covers (3)

CD cover designs:
photography and commentary by Robert Malone

    Berlioz on CD covers (1)
    Berlioz on CD covers (2)
    Berlioz on CD covers (3)
    Berlioz on CD covers (4)
    Berlioz on CD covers (5)
    Berlioz on CD covers (6)
    Berlioz on CD covers (7)
    Berlioz on CD covers (8)
    Berlioz on CD covers (9)
    Berlioz on CD covers (10)

The Hector Berlioz Website was created by Monir Tayeb and Michel Austin on 18 July 1997;
The Berlioz-inspired works of art pages created on 7 December 2003; many additions made since. Revised on 1 October 2022.

© (unless otherwise stated) Monir Tayeb and Michel Austin. All rights of reproduction reserved.

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