Petit Palais Museum (Musée du Petit Palais) – Paris

Petit Palais Museum (Musée du Petit Palais) – ParisPetit Palais Museum (Musée du Petit Palais) – ParisPetit Palais Museum (Musée du Petit Palais) – ParisPetit Palais Museum (Musée du Petit Palais) – ParisPetit Palais Museum (Musée du Petit Palais) – Paris



Dubbed the, “free mini-Louvre without the crowds,” the Petit Palais Museum (Musée du Petit Palais) displays an exceptional permanent collection of approximately 1,300 paintings, drawings, tapestries, sculptures and works of decorative art dating from antiquity through the early twentieth century owned by the City of Paris and open to visitors at no charge.  Also known as the Palace of Fine Arts of the City of Paris, the collection is housed in a spectacular Belle Époque architectural landmark designed by Charles Girault, a work of art in itself originally constructed for the 1900 World’s Fair magnificently restored to its original splendor in 2006.

Presented chronologically, visitors follow a circuit through ornately decorated galleries that begin with works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including paintings by Bonnard, Cézanne, Courbet, Daumier, Delacroix, Gauguin, Ingres, Maillol, Manet, Monet, Moreau, Morisot, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Vuillard as well as sculptures by Bourdelle, Carriès and Rodin.  Of particular note are Ingres’s, “Last Breaths of Leonardo,” from 1815, Delacroix’s, “Combat of the Giaour and the Pasha,” from 1835, Courbet’s, “Young Ladies by the River Seine,” from 1857, Monet’s, “Sunset on the Seine, Winter Effect,” from 1880, Cézanne’s, “Three Bathers,” from 1882, Renoir’s, “Ambrose Vollard in a Red Scarf,” from 1899, Carriès’s, “Grotesque Mask,” from 1894 and Bourdelle’s, “Pénélope,” from 1909.

Another gallery is dedicated to fabulous Art Nouveau decorative masterpieces including Baccarat crystal, Gallé and Lalique glass and furniture by Guimard.  Look for the Baccarat, “Greek Revival Vase,” from 1867, the Gallé, “Two-Handled Vase,” from 1896, the Lalique, “Pine Cone Bowl,” from 1902 and the Guimard, “Dining Room,” from 1909.

French art from the eighteenth century is represented in spectacular canvases like Boucher’s, “Little Dog’s Dance,” from 1758, Fragonard’s, “Portrait of Jérôme de Lalande,” from 1769 and David’,s “Death of Seneca,” from 1773 as well as in stunning Beauvais Tapestries like, “Psyche Led by the West Wind into the Palace of Love,” and, “Psyche Showing Her Wealth to Her Sisters,” from 1741.

The museum is also repository for the Eugène and Auguste Dutuit Collection, featuring Classical bronzes and ceramics, enamels, majolica ceramics, tapestries and religious artifacts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, ancient manuscripts and paintings by Flemish and Dutch seventeenth century masters including an exceedingly rare Rembrandt, “Self-Portrait in Oriental Attire,” from 1631, the only self-portrait Rembrandt ever painted of himself standing up. Another outstanding collection amassed by Americans Edward and Julia Tuck displayed in a gallery that bears their name consists of eighteenth century decorative art including rare Rocaille furniture, German Meissen porcelain and blue-and-pink hued English faiences and enamels.  The museum also boasts the largest collection of Eastern Christian icons in France.

The galleries surround a serene garden courtyard ideal for relaxation and refreshment. Take time to appreciate the museum’s over-the-top decorations both inside and out, from plaster statuary to gilded bronze and wrought ironwork, to frescoes, murals, stained glass and mosaics.


“Death of Seneca” (David) – 1773

“Self-Portrait in Oriental Attire” (Rembrandt) – 1631

“Combat of the Giaour and the Pasha” (Delacroix) – 1835

“Combat of the Giaour and the Pasha” (Delacroix) – 1835

“Young Ladies by the River Seine” (Courbet) – 1857

“Young Ladies by the River Seine” (Courbet) – 1857

Petit Palais (Charles Girault Architect) – 1900

Official Museum Site

 

Petit Palais Museum

(Musée du Petit Palais)

Avenue Winston Churchill

75008 Paris, France

(1) 53-43-40-00

 

Current Exhibitions:

Oscar Wilde: Insolence Incarnate

September 28, 2016 through January 15, 2017

 

Upcoming Exhibitions:

The Art of Peace: Secrets and Treasures of Diplomacy

October 19, 2016 through January 15, 2017

Albert Besnard: Modernités Belle Epoque

October 25, 2016 through January 15, 2017

 

 

Must See in the Permanent Collection:

Paintings:

  • “Self-Portrait in Oriental Attire” (Rembrandt) – 1631

  • “Little Dog’s Dance” (Boucher) – 1758

  • “Portrait of Jérôme de Lalande” (Fragonard) – 1769

  • “Death of Seneca” (David) – 1773

  • “Last Breaths of Leonardo” (Ingres) – 1815

  • “Combat of the Giaour and the Pasha” (Delacroix) – 1835

  • “Young Ladies by the River Seine” (Courbet) – 1857

  • “Sunset on the Seine” – (Monet) – 1880

  • “Three Bathers” (Cézanne) – 1882

  • “Ambrose Vollard in a Red Scarf” (Renoir) – 1899

Sculpture:

  • “Grotesque Mask” (Carriès) – 1894

  • “Pénélope” (Bourdelle) – 1909

Decorative Art:

  • “Psyche Led by the West Wind into the Palace of Love” (Beauvais Tapestry) – 1741

  • “Psyche Showing Her Wealth to Her Sisters” (Beauvais Tapestry) – 1741

  • “Greek Revival Vase” – (Baccarat) – 1867

  • “Two-Handled Vase” – (Gallé) – 1896

  • “Pine Cone Bowl” (Lalique) – 1902

  • “Dining Room” (Guimard) – 1909

 

Visiting Hours:

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ticket office closes at 5 p.m.

Late night openings until 8 p.m. on Thursdays for temporary exhibitions only.

Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Admission:

Free admission to the permanent collection.

Admission charges range from 5 to 11 euros for special exhibitions.

Online Exhibition Tickets

 


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