Claire Bessède, 2019. Photo: Pascal Sacleux.

Claire Bessède Appointed Director of Paris’s Eugène Delacroix National Museum

Claire Bessède of the Jean-Jacques Henner National Museum in Paris is going to take up the helm of the city’s Eugène Delacroix National Museum. She succeeds Dominique de Font-Réaulx, who led the institution from January 2014 to November 2018, when she departed to become the director of mediation and cultural programming at the Louvre.

After graduating from the Paris Political Institute, Bessède first worked for the Ministry of the Economy, Finance, and Industry before she changed her trajectory and became a curator. Before joining the Jean-Jacques Henner National Museum in 2009, she worked as a curator for the Ministry of Culture’s department of the directorate of museums of France.

Spearheaded by the Society of Friends of Eugène Delacroix, which comprised members such as Maurice Denis, Henri Matisse, Paul Signac, and Edouard Vuillard, the Eugène Delacroix National Museum is housed in the artist’s former apartment in Paris’s sixth arrondissement. Since it opened in 1931, the institution has acquired a collection of over one thousand paintings, drawings, prints, and writings.