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November 2, 2018

The museum of decorative arts, Paris!

Here we are cruising on a nice sunny week in my neck of the woods ,we have 14C sunny weather here and 10C semi cloudy.. in Paris oh well. As I am into museum posting let me tell you about another dandy.

Shamely , I have to tell you my dear readers, have not been to this museum. Too many and not enough time lol! Shame again as I am friend of the Louvre next door but with the jardin des Tuileries and the other two museums around (orangery and paume), never had the time to go inside this one. Even if worked nearby for several years!!! Oh well, can’t seen them all, time, I have time yes patient in France patient is a virtue when so much to see.

Anyway, let me tell you on it as it will give me inspiration to go and maybe convince you to do the same. From my book library and the tourist office of Paris, here I go.

the musée des Arts décoratifs or Museum of Decorative Arts is a museum that aims at the valorization of applied Fine Arts and the development of links between industry and culture, creation and production. It retains one of the most important collections of decorative arts in the world. The museum was inaugurated on 29 May 1905 in the wing of Marsan (that was part of the Palais des Tuileries) at the Louvre. It is part of the wider ensemble of the private Decorative Arts Association, founded in 1882, which is a French cultural institution bringing together museums, places of teaching and library around the art of living, decorative arts, design, fashion and textiles, advertising and graphics.

You come here on the metro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7), Tuileries(line 1), Pyramides(lines 7 and 14) or by Bus lines : 21, 27, 39, 48, 68, 72, 81,and 95.


The museum was profoundly remodeled in 1996, during the project of the Grand Louvre, with the definitive installation of the Museum of Fashion and Textiles for its reopening in January 1997. The advertising museum was added to the ensemble in November 1999.

The various collections of the museum include about 150 000 objects of which 6 000 are presented to the public. They are divided into five chronological departments (Middle Ages-Renaissance, 17-18-19C, Art Nouveau-Art Deco, Modern-Contemporary) and in seven thematic departments (graphic arts, jewelry, toys, wallpapers, glass, fashion and textiles, advertising and graphic design) to draw a chronological path of the evolution of artistic production in all its aspects in decorative arts from the Middle Ages to contemporary designs of today.

The collection of paintings, distributed throughout the chronological course of the collections, covers the period from the 13C to the 20C with many Spanish, Italian and Flemish Gothic panels as well as works by French painters.

Middle Ages/Renaissance (rooms 2 to 9) This department covers a period of 400 years from the 12C to the 16C. The collection includes more than 3 600 works.

17-18C (rooms 10 to 30) in the origins of the museum, this department was a group of works with encyclopedic vocation. With today nearly 20 000 works, these offer a nearly complete panorama of the decorative arts of the time. About 1 500 works are presented in the galleries, where some period scenes are reconstructed.

19C (rooms 31 to 42) This department has a little more than 9200 works of which more than 800 are exhibited in 13 rooms alternating interior evocations, showcases and period scenes. Among the 450 pieces of furniture stand out from the complete sets of Empire and restoration era, Royal furniture deposited by the National furniture depot, and exceptional furniture from the industry or universal exhibitions. The collections also include more than 2 200 ceramics, from Sèvres, Paris or Limoges. About 950 pieces of goldsmith make it possible to admire the productions of the manufactures Odiot and Christofe, such as the monumental “especially of the Hundred utensils” of Napoleon III.  More than three hundred paintings and more than five hundred sculptures enrich the department’s Fund.

Art nouveau / Art déco (rooms 43 à 53). This ensemble comprises more than 6 660 works representing all the currents of decorative arts, with their major representatives.

Modern and Contemporary (rooms 54 à 67) The period begins with the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology of 1937, and continues until the current period. Its collections unfold on 5 levels in the Pavillon de Marsan .

Thematic departments:

Graphic Arts. It consists of some 150 000 drawings covering a period from the 16C to the 21C.

Galerie de Bijoux (Jewelry Gallery). The museum’s Jewelry gallery consists of 4 000 pieces ranging from antiquity to modern times and of which about 1 200 are exhibited. This is the most important collection of jewelry in the French collections The course is chronological and offers a panorama of the jewelry and its history from the Middle Ages up to the contemporary period.

Department of Wallpapers (papier peint). This department, created in 1967, houses 400 000 works representing more than three centuries of creation.

Glass (Verre). The collection comprises more than 5 000 glass objects from the 14C to the present day. Famous creators such as, Baccarat, Saint Louis, Tiffany, Gallé and Daum are presented, in what constitutes the richest and most varied ensemble in France.

Toy Gallery (jouets) .The museum’s toy collection, built from 1905, now has more than 12 000 games and toys dating from the mid-19C to the present day.

Fashion and Textiles . In 1905, the Museum of Decorative Arts has an important textile collection (silks, embroidery, lace, printed canvas), enriched from 1948 thanks to the competition of the French Union of Costume Arts (UFAC).  Estimated today at more than 60 200 works, the collection consists of costumes, accessories, textiles as well as important photographic and graphic art funds. In 1981, an agreement sealed the alliance of these two collections, giving birth to the museum of Fashion Arts in 1986. Renamed the Museum of Fashion and Textiles in 1997 and then integrated into the Museum of Decorative Arts, the collection has more than 152 800 works including costumes, accessories and textiles from the 3C to the present day, presented on 1 500 m2. The names of the greatest creators are brought together, from Paul Poiret to Popy Moreni, from Madeleine Vionnet to Christian Lacroix, from Christian Dior to Yves Saint Laurent.

Advertising and Graphic Designs. The first posters entered the collections at the beginning of the 20C. A posters department is created in 1972 then, a poster museum is officially created in 1978. Installed at Rue de Paradis in 1981, it became an advertising museum, before reopening in 1999 at 107 rue de Rivoli, in the converted galleries of Jean Nouvel.  In addition to the poster fund, which has about 100 000 posters, the collections have been enriched with advertising films, press announcements, radio spots, and promotional items.

At the musée des Arts Décoratifs only 20% of the works possessed by the museum are exhibited. The remainder is stored on reserves, formerly located in the deep underground of the museums. However, in the face of the risk of flooding of the Seine river,  and flooding the basements, it was decided that these reserves must be moved to a safe place. Huge, extremely secure warehouses are used to store unexposed works. Some works remain stored under buildings for several reasons, including works awaiting renovation or transit, or alternative works and objects and furniture useful to expose the works. Very secure, the climate of the reserves is constantly controlled (constant temperature, 70% humidity) to avoid deterioration of the works.

There is a good restaurant from what I hear from friends there: A wonderful noted restaurant ,not tasted yet by yours truly. Restaurant Loulou 107, rue de Rivoli :

An interesting library with lots of souvenirs to had and take home:

Arteum and 107Rivoli (boutique of the museum)  have a selection of products inspired from the collections in the  Musée des Arts Décoratifs, as well as exclusive creations for sale. More info here: Boutique store of the museum decorative arts

Some additional webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official decorative arts museum

tourist office of Paris on the decorative arts museum

And again, one popular pass used by many , that I always said, if planning to see 3 or more museums it is worth it. The Paris Museum Pass; more here: Paris museum pass on the decorative arts museum

There you go more of Paris and we need to see more, lots more, Paris is eternal so we have time lol!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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November 2, 2018

My travels in the Morbihan, LXXII

So here we are again on this time a mild cold day and sometimes sunny temps were in the 13C and were down to 8C in the morning. So we did our usual errands in our neck of the woods, the Morbihan breton dept 56 in the region of Brittany/Bretagne or Breizh.

We set out to do several errands most of the usual ones already mentioned several times here in my blog. the usual selling of video games (easycash) and buying new ones (micromania)  by the boys and the reading on especially travel books at the FNAC in Vannes, and of course shopping in our Saturday market which is very nice.

We , also went to do our course or groceries shopping (E Leclerc) for the rest. And stop by a favorite restaurant (tablapizza) of my dear late wife Martine. IN all the weekend is not over as Toussaints and the pont day of today plus the weekend ,I have a long 4 day weekend! Oh Toussaints is the All Saints’ s Day and the pont is a bridge off day we get in our belle France.

The E leclerc hypermarket is huge with about 60 cashiers not always working at the same time, automatic cashier lanes, preferred customer lanes, less than 10 articles lanes and you name inside all you can imagine to purchase in one spot. There is even a travel agency and a bank!

Then , it has a nice cultural center that is like a fnac of their own with all the electronics and books, cd’s, dvd’s etc etc you can imagine on a separate store in the same commercial center.

Inside in the commercial center, you have about 25  other stores including a post office, bank,and restaurants. The stores are your typical mall names but covers all needs really. There is underground parking that we love as well with direct escalator stairs to the center.

We had to eat when we are out so long so we went to favorite of my dear late wife Martine,and the boys, the pizzeria Tablapizza. The folks there know us well and we have been away for a while due to my wife’s passing. The staff and especially the manager was very moved by the unfortunate event that I went thru and it made me feel human after all, people do care; and it was nice to patronized a humanistic place like Tablapizza of Vannes.

We had our Espagnole or Spanish pizza for the chorizos in me, with a nice bottle of white chenin Domaine à Deux of the Loire, and profiterolles with strawberry ice cream for dessert and expresso coffee, all for 26€ per person. Of course, my sons had different things from rolled pizzas to pastas.

We had finally fixed the couple of tiles missing from our front tile stair, and pay for services to have a night movement light in our front garden driveway so if coming late at night there will be light automatically on! Also, a new shower wall handle and kitchen sink water tap. AND, we finish painting the cellar area of our basement ready for the woodwork in a proper winecellar! We are waiting already book and approuve to have our garage door and house driveway entry door replace before Christmas this year. There, litlle by little the house is completely modernized……

Ok , an update on the family of the Morbihan adopted Bretons indeed, times flies but already over 5 yrs in this house,and almost 8 in Brittany!!!

And, just you know, remember always; happy travels, good health, and wishing many cheers to all!!! And I thank you for keeping up with me on this blog!!!!!!

November 2, 2018

And we have a Rodin in Paris!

Ok so again, back to another museum, don’t you love them! I do , even if not seeing them all, working on it, like I said Paris is eternal so I have time ….As long as allowed by the will of nature will continue….

I happened to be driving around Paris, yes I do, excuse me, big city boy okeerokee… And on bd des Invalides passed by the museum that I have heard about it before thru friends in the know,so got it pinpoint and came back for a closer look. It was very nice indeed ,and love the story of Rodin and Claudel, right! ok great, now let me tell you a bit more, of the museum….Rodin in Paris that is.

The Rodin Museum is located in the hotel Biron, next to Invalides, in the 7éme arrondissement of Paris. The Hotel Biron was built in the early 18C.  At the beginning of the 20C, it was threatened to destroy it. So many artists settled there, such as Jean Cocteau, Henri Matisse, Isadora Duncan, who created a dance workshop there. Rodin moved in 1908. In the gardens, he places his ancient sculptures; in the hotel, its sculptures, plasters, castings, drawings. In 1911, the State purchased the property. Rodin proposes to give all his works to the State if it turns the hotel into a Rodin museum. The project is accepted and the museum opens in 1919.

Through its two sites, the Hotel Biron on the rue de Varenne, in the 7éme arrondissement in Paris and the Villa des Brillants in Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine dept 92). In Paris ,the museum is served by the metro Varenne line 13. I will deal with the one in Paris here, which I have been more, Meudon briefly once.

The museum retains collections of great diversity because Rodin was a collector artist. It presents mainly sculptures and some paintings, because old drawings and photographs cannot, for reasons of preservation, be permanently displayed in the dedicated gallery of the first floor.  The sculptures of Rodin are those of an artist who chooses to break with the uses of his time. The artist is also distinguished by the monumental character of his creations.

The graphic production of Rodin concerns nearly 8 000 creations attached to several periods: observation drawings (Landscapes of Belgium and Italy, then architecture), imaginary representations inspired by Dante or Baudelaire, many nudes sometimes Erotic, or even portraits. It is also a collection of drawings by Honoré Daumer, etc., and engravings, including nearly 200 Japanese engravings acquired after 1900.

The approximately 10 000 old photographs kept at the museum (but rarely exhibited for reasons of conservation) are the fruit of Rodin’s great interest in photography, which gained prominence at that time.  The sculptor works with many photographers. The latter exceed the mere photographic reproduction of the works of Rodin to make their photographs of artistic works in their own right.

For the last twenty years of his life, Rodin has been a madly collector, accumulating with frenzy the objects of the past. Fascinated by the ancient, he gleans 6 480 pieces, which gradually invade his places of life and work. Mi-2017, the museum’s online catalogues list 1 311, of which 871 came from Egypt, one from Persia, 23 from Greece or greater Greece, 64 from Rome, 7 from the Levant, 103 from China or Japan, 23 from India, Cambodia or Indonesia, 29 from Central or South America or dating from the Middle Ages. Rodin, whose museum also exhibits several sketches, also loves painting and acquires in the course of his life works of great masters.


One aspect I cannot leave out on this homage to Rodin is Camille.

Camille Claudel held an important place in the life of Rodin, from an artistic point of view as well as sentimental. Rodin passed on his knowledge, before drawing inspiration for many of his works. The young woman’s talent is such that she becomes a true collaborator of the master(and some darn good work she did too), working with him in the realization of some of his most famous creations, like the Porte de l’Enfer ( door of hell).  It is therefore logical that a room of Camille Claudel is created at the Hotel Biron in 1952. It then received several donations from Paul Claudel, the artist’s brother, especially the L’Âge Mur (mature age), Clotho, and Vertumne and Pomone, among her 45 works preserved at the museum.

The collection also includes works by other friends sculptors or students of Rodin. The Rodin Museum has been open for several years to contemporary art, thus reactivating a business approach from 1949.

And what about the place where the museum is at! Lovely area and great resto across the street ::) but that is another time or see in my previous posts.

The Hotel Biron , located at the corner of the Rue de Peyrenc and the Boulevard des Invalides, in the 7éme arrondissement of Paris. The hotel Biron has experienced several occupants since the completion of its construction in 1730 like the Duchess of Maine, beautiful daughter of Louis XIV; The Marshal  Biron, who gave his name to the hotel; The Duke of Charost; The Pontifical Legation; The Russian embassy; or the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a religious congregation founded by Madeleine-Sophie Barat. The future Empress of the French, Eugénie de Montijo (from Spain and wife of Napoleon III), received her education in the convent between 1835 and 1839.


Several artists were allowed to establish their workshops there; This is how Rodin, Jean Cocteau, and Henri Matisse make their entrance to the former Hotel Biron. In 1911 the State buys the estate while Rodin decides to give up his collections on the condition that a museum be devoted to his work within the hotel; The project ended in 1919, but Rodin, who died two years before, could not attend the opening of the museum. The hotel is surrounded by an exceptional area, in the heart of Paris. The old 19C Chapel, built from the time of the religious congregation and restored in 2005, hosts a completely renovated showroom, a new auditorium, as well as the ticket office and the Museum administration.

The garden, spread over three acres of woodland on the property of the park of the hotel Matignon, reputed to be the largest private green area of Paris, and decorated with a basin and a cafeteria. Visitors walk through the monumental sculptures of Rodin, which are arranged there.

So ok , here is the load on it, several webpages to help you plan your visit here and you must come ,are

Official Rodin Museum

Tourist office of Paris on the Rodin Museum

Friends of the Rodin museum :

A bit more on the life of Rodin from the Grand Palais :Life of Rodin from the Grand Palais in French

And like I said, if planning to visit at least 3 museum, the Paris Museum Pass is a good option. Paris Museum Pass on the Rodin Museum

And again another dandy in eternal Paris; so much mon Dieu! Enjoy Paris is sublime, gorgeous and darn good to be at.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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