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April 14, 2019

Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption at Quimperlé

And I come back to the Finistére in my lovely Brittany to tell you about another gem often misplaced in bigger previous post but that deserve mention on its own. I like to tell you about the Church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption or St Michel in Quimperlé, Finistére dept 29 of my region of Brittany.

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It takes a little courage to climb into the upper city, but the ascent is worth it. You can indeed gather in the Church Notre Dame de l’Assomption or St Michel , of Gothic origin 13C. The touching statue of Our Lady of Kergornet, who breastfeed the child Jesus, welcomes the Pilgrim. Inside, you will admire the paneled nave of wood painted with Hermine’s and lilies, and the beautiful sand pits dating from 1430, the oldest dated from Brittany!

Quimperle

It is a nice Church of 50 meters long and 10 meters wide of nave, 16 meters  by 50 meters of the Choir. In the second half of the 18C, the Church resumed the invocation of the old church of St. Michael, which fell into ruin in 1763 and destroyed in 1792 during the French revolution.

The current Church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption/St Michel comprises a five-span paneled nave, including the first four without aisles and the fifth with vaulted arches on arcs-warheads. The square of the non-flowing transept, topped by a high tower and accosted with vaulted aisles, forms a pre-choir. At the level of the fourth span of the nave are two porches. In fact, two separate buildings were added, the first rectangular plan and the 13C, comprises the old nave of four bays and the second square plan built of the 15C and consists of a central tower supported on its four sides by four buildings, including the one in the west, paneled, extends the nave. The Church, which dates back to its earliest parts in the last quarter of the 13C, was damaged during the war of Succession of Brittany, as is the result of a bull of indulgences of 1383. The reconstruction of its eastern part begins at the end of the 14C or at the beginning of the 15C. But in the course of the work, a profound modification of the plans intervenes, as shown by the disparity of the four pillars of the high tower overcoming the square of the transept. Two events were indeed intervened, one a Ducal donation in 1418 on the occasion of the birth of the future Duke Peter II and the construction of the façade of Saint-Corentin Cathedral in Quimper begun in 1424, which could not fail to influence the new Church. The reconstruction of the choir was undertaken around 1425 at the same time as the roof paneling of the nave, dated 1430, was redone on one of the sand pits. The stone vaults of the choir are implemented one hundred years later, in 1520. The square tower dates from the 15C , and it is decorated with a triple flamboyant gallery with corner pinnacles finished in pinnacles and a lead arrow once crowned the bell tower; It was melted under the French revolution. The nave seems to be indicated of the 13C. The northern porch still has its germinal door and beautiful ogive arcade. Inside the porch, niches once contained the statues of the twelve apostles. The arms of Duke John V are still on the south porch.

quimperle

quimperle

The statue of the Virgin to the Child dates from the second half of the 14C. The statue called Notre-Dame de Bonne Nouvelle dates from the early 16C. The painting of L’Assomption, dates from 1842. A chalice is dated 1673. The reliquary of the true Cross dates from the early 19C. The stone cowl dates from the 15C. The baptismal font dates from the 15C. The Church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption/St Michel once housed the statues of a very remarkable 16C wooden mother-in-law, Notre-Dame de Botscao, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Saint Corentin, Saint Michael, Saint Yves and Saint Cornely. In 1957, statues were brought from Lothéa to the Church such as a Virgin Mother, a Pietà, two adoring Angels, a crucifix and three statuettes, Virgin Mother, Pietà, and  Saint Yves.

quimperle

quimperle

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Quimperle on the Church

Tourist office of Finistere dept 29 on Quimperle

Tourist office of Brittany on Quimperle

Indeed a lovely Church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption or also call of St Michel by the locals. It is worth the detour to pretty Quimperlé , check my other posts on the city worth the visit my Brittany.

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

 

 

 

April 14, 2019

Church Notre-Dame de Croaz Batz at Roscoff!

And I am coming up north, more north in my Brittany actually on the coast but still in Finistére dept 29 to take you to the quant nice town of Roscoff. I have written several posts on it in the past in my blog, but again feel a single post on its Church is merited.

Therefore, here is my take on the Church of Notre Dame of Croaz Batz in Roscoff!

The Church of Notre-Dame de Croaz Batz, is located in Roscoff in Finistère dept 29 of the region of Brittany. As to the name of Croaz Batz ,this is the best explanation for this term. There was on the plains, not far from the present church a small mound formed by a pile of rocks; it was there that you embarked to move to the island of Batz, the l’Ile Basse or low Island of the Gallo-Roman period. A cross planted at the top of the mound protected the passage, from or the name of Croaz-baz. The plain was thus created with a vast land-lot, which was attached to the coast, and that was where the Church was built.ok!

Roscoff

Roscoff

Roscoff

The granite construction of the Church of Notre Dame de Croaz Batz in Gothic and Renaissance style, decided in 1515, was undertaken between 1522 and 1545, on land taken from the sea, near the cross of the pier of the Isle of Batz, on the initiative of the ship-owners, despite the reluctance and the pressures of the Bishop of Saint Pol. The construction was financed by the same ship-owners who joined the merchants of Roscoff. It was only in 1550 that the inhabitants were granted the right to have their children baptized and to bury their dead and the Church was consecrated only in 1590.

The sacred enclosure contains in the Notre Dame of Croaz Batz Church are two ossuary chapels, one Gothic, the other Henri II style, and the funeral monument of Dorothée Silburne, who hosted in London, Mgr de la Marche, the last Bishop of Leon, emigrated in 1790 fleeing the French revolution. In the Center of the city, the Renaissance bell tower rises since 1585. There are balustrades, domes and lanterns. The rest of the Church, before, remains Gothic. The roof of the nave is paved, at the jointing of two panels of slate, of granite slabs that form like a narrow staircase to the sky. Three naves carved in the walls recall the craft of the donor’s ship-owners.

Roscoff

Roscoff

Inside, many altarpieces are exhibited such as the Rosary, Agonizing, Saint-Pierre, Sainte-Geneviève. A painting of our Lady of Guadeloupe standing in front of a leather of Cordoba altar recalls the ties with new Spain. The frame paneling was laid in 1610-1611. The most notable is the alabaster Chapel, dedicated to Saint Joseph and built in 1634 instead of a porch. It presents seven 15C Alabaster bas-reliefs reported from Nottingham during regular exchanges on both sides of the channel. The baptismal font was melted in 1690 in reported pewter from Cornwall. The northern Chapel was added in 1701. The Interior was refurbished in 1777.

Roscoff

Roscoff

The first organs, dating from 1606, were deposited in 1649 to be replaced by more grandiose ones, inaugurated in 1650. In 1887, they were strident. The current organs were received in 1888 and supplemented by three new games plays delivered in 1929.

Roscoff

Again ,some webpages to help you plan your trip here and worth it are

Tourist office of Roscoff on the Churches

Tourist office of Finistere dept 29 on Roscoff

Tourist office of Brittany on Roscoff

Again, its a lovely town with plenty of visitors from UK taken advantage of the ferries; the town is lively and coastal nice. The Church Notre Dame de Croaz-Batz is nice and worth the visit in town. Hope you enjoy it

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

 

April 14, 2019

Fine Arts Museum at Pont-Aven !

So moving right along in my beautiful Brittany, I like to bring you to the coastal area and the fine arts extraordinaire! It is not far from me and have several posts in my blog on it. However, as usually me feel a single post on the museum is worth it. On a sunny day of 18C in my neck of the woods, let me re introduce you to the Fine Arts Museum at Pont Aven. Musée de Beaux-Arts de Pont-Aven.

The Fine Arts Museum is located in Pont-Aven, in the Finistère Dept 29 of Brittany.  Created in 1985, it aims to make known the painters who stayed in this city and made the reputation of the École de Pont-Aven and the Nabi movement. Paintings, drawings, watercolors by Paul Gauguin, Émile Bernard, Paul Sérusier allow the discovery of these pictorial movements of the late 19C.  The Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions highlighting certain themes or artists, mixing different styles and inspirations, from the Pont-Aven school to contemporary art.  Since 2012, the Museum has been transferred to Concarneau Cornouaille agglomeration which undertakes from 2013 its total renovation. The Museum, was enlarged from 850 to 2 000 m2 spread over seven levels at its reopening on 26 March 2016. I was there!!

Pont Aven

A bit of the history how this came about tell us that it was pleasure visits by some of the great painters of the time that made this museum possible. The first one was Jean-Baptiste Corot and his friends stay in 1862 on the Breton coast, in the small village of Pont-Aven, located between Concarneau and Quimperlé. In June 1886, Paul Gauguin made his first stay in Pont-Aven, on the advice of the friend Breton painter Armand Félix Marie Jobbé-Duval, as well as Pére Tanguy, his color merchant. Between 1887 and 1896, Paul Gauguin returned on numerous occasions and met Émile Bernard. They adopt new techniques of painting such as synthetics and compartmentalism, characterized by large flat, pure colors, surrounded by a black line and suppressing the classical perspective. Many painters joined them in Pont-Aven such as Paul Sérusier, Charles Filiger, Maxime Maufra, Henry Moret, and Ernest de Chamaillard, forming the École de Pont-Aven (school).

The Museum of Fine Arts of Pont Aven project really took off with the beginning of the construction and development work of the establishment in the autumn of 1984. The Museum of Fine Arts of Pont-Aven was inaugurated in  1985, and the renovations of the new museum started in 2013, the museum closed on September 15 2012 at night, and  re-opened again on March 26 2016.

The ground floor(1 fl US), apart from the traditional infrastructures (reception, crates, shops…) has an important resource center on the Pont-Aven school. On the first floor (2nd Fl US), the Julia room is named in honor of Julia Guillou, who built this hotel between 1881 and 1900, which later became the museum. This is the dining room of the old hotel, whose woodwork has been preserved and restored, to which three 21C luminaires of Matali Crasset have been added. This room serves as a reception room, Conference venue or concert hall. The second floor (3rd fl US) is dedicated to temporary exhibitions. The third level (4th fl US) presents the permanent exhibitions on the artists ‘ hostels, the chronology, Paul Gauguin, the founders of the Pont-Aven school, Japonisme, the Nabis and Pont-Aven after Gauguin.

Pont Aven

Pont Aven

pont aven

pont aven

pont aven

An indoor garden on the terrace is visible from the bright glazed hall that serves the levels of the museum, with plants referring to the works of the Pont-Aven school . An annex is integrated for the Museum’s reserves.

Born without a collection, the Museum of Fine Arts began an important acquisitions campaign from its inception. It currently has a fund of about 4 500 works of which half is dedicated to graphic arts (engravings, watercolors, pastels…). The scanned chronological period ranges from 1870  to the after 1900.  The collection includes works by artists of international recognition such as Émile Bernard, Maurice Denis, Paul Gauguin, Georges Lacombe, Paul Sérusier among others, but also lesser-known artists such as Pierre-Eugène Clairin, Émile Jourdan, Maurice Elin, and Marie Luplau. The fund also opened up to foreign artists such as Constantin Kousnetzoff, Carl Moser, and  Sydney Lough Thompson.

pont aven

pont aven

pont aven

pont aven

The Museum of Fine Arts of Pont-Aven today aims to make known the work of artists inspired by Brittany and more particularly by Pont-Aven, since the 1860’s  until the 1970’s, to develop a scientific work chronological period and to open up to contemporary creation. In 2016, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris signed a partnership with the Musée de Pont-Aven. The purpose of this sponsorship is to build a scientific partnership and to obtain more easily loans from the museum. Three other museums in France are partners of the Musée d’Orsay.

Some webpages to help you plan your visit here and I say its must are

Official museum of Pont Aven

Official Brittany assoc of museum on Pont Aven

Tourist office of Finistere dept 29 on Pont Aven museum

Tourist office of Brittany on Pont Aven museum

It is very nice town to walk especially along the river and quant shops and restos we have come to love. The museum is a must for all really. Enjoy the Pont Aven Fine Arts Museum!

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

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