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3 hidden gem museums in Paris worth visiting

Posted in Art, art and culture, museums, Paris on July 31, 2014 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I would like to share with you my favorite  hidden gems museums in Paris : 

1) Delacroix museum :  the romantic hidden gem by excellence !

6 Rue de Furstenberg, 75006 Paris- musee-delacroix.fr

open from 9.30 am to 5 pm – closed on monday – 7,50 euros

The famous french romantic painter author of “Liberty guiding the people”, exhibited in the Louvre, choose to settle down in 1857 in Saint Germain des Pres district, on left bank,

to get closer to Saint Sulpice church where he was commissioned a chapel to decorate, on which he was working since 1847. Sick and tired he was so delighted to find a lovely place close to the church :

My apartment is decidedly charming… Woke up the next day to see the most gracious sun on the houses opposite my window. The view of my little garden and the cheerful appearance of my studio always make me happy.” (Journal, December 28, 1857).

He will die there 6 years later in 1863.

His last apartment and workshop have been saved  thanks to an association led by french painters, symbolist artist Maurice Denis and pointillist Paul Signac, in 1929.

In 1971 the place became a national museum where you can admire Delacroix paintings and works on paper, plus furnitures and memorabilia who belonged to the french master. Temporary exhibitions are organized as well. Sometimes concerts or plays are performed in the workshop.

Don’ t miss the enchanting little garden recently refurbished where you can rest under the shade of the tree and listen to birds, dreaming about artistic life in Paris in 19th century…

 

2) Rodin Museum :  the splendid gem !

79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris-museerodin.fr

Closed on monday – open from 10am am to 5.30pm – 9 euros

The museum  opened in 1919, 2 years after the death of the french sculpteur who choose this address in 1908 as a parisian office on behalf of Rainer Maria Rilke,

the famous Austro-Hugarian poet who was Rodin’s personal secretary at this time. After first occupying few rooms on ground floor, he spread in the whole building in 1911 and decided to

“give the State all my works in plaster, marble, bronze and stone, and my drawings, as well as the collection of antiquities that I had such pleasure in assembling for the education and training of artists and workers. And I ask the State to keep all these collections in the Hôtel Biron, which will be the Musée Rodin, reserving the right to reside there all my life.”

The gorgeous 18th century mansion with original paneling and well preserved decors is filled with 500 sculptures by the author of The Kiss.

A room is devoted to his pupil, muse and lover Camille Claudel, who was also a gifted woman artist-sculpteur-at the end of the 19th century.

Don’t miss a tour in the lovely french style garden where imposing bronzes are displayed all around like the mythic « Doors of Hell » or the « Bourgeois from Calais ».

Temporary exhibition are also organized.

Mapplethorpe-Rodin until sept 21st

 

3) Gustave Moreau museum  :  the very secret gem…

14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris http://www.musee-moreau.fr

closed on tuesday- from 10 am to 5pm ( closed during the week between 12.30 and 2pm)

If the name Gustave Moreau(1826-1898) doesn’t sound familiar to a large public, connoisseurs appreciate this great symbolist master who loved myths and mysteries and was fascinated by Salome character. An art critic once said about his paintings that we should use gems vocabulary to describe his colors : emerald- ruby- saphirs…He influenced also very much french end 19th century literature.

Gustave Moreau became at the end of his life a respected teacher at the high school of Fine Arts in Paris (Beaux-Arts). His students were named : Rouault- Matisse- Marquet- Valtat….the future representative of Fauve mouvement in early 20th century.

He conceived very early the project of transforming is own house where he first lived with his parents into a whole museum devoted to his entire work-achieved and unachieved- which will be open only after his death.

When you visit his apartment and workshop, you feel like being invited in an ivory tower of a dandy painter of 19th century, the hero of a symbolist novel… the place is out of time, enchanted and marvelous ! Moreover the painter conceived spectacular furnitures to admire all his sketches and preparatory drawings. So take a seat, remove the fabric on the cabinet that protects against light, and open the windows : marvels will be revealed…