Fine Arts museum, Rouen!

So here I am looking at my blog in these days of inactivity and again surprise has written some posts on Rouen but always missing some. Therefore, I am catching up given credit to these marvelous places of my belle France. And yes folks, I have been to the Fine Arts museum of Rouen!

Let me tell you a bit more on the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. As you should know Rouen is in dept 76 of the Seine Maritime and now back in Normandy together.

The Musée des Beaux-Arts is in a wonderful building from 1877 ,located at the Esplanade Marcel-Duchamp in Rouen. It has about 60 rooms full of wonderful fine arts ,one of the principal museums in France. Opened in 1801 and noted as a main museum in France by 1878 with painting, tapestries, sculptures, and objects d’arts from the 15C.  Including work by Monet, Sisley, Modigliani, etc. Awesome a must to see in Rouen.


The Fine Arts Museum today it still has a collection of wealth and breadth considered exceptional. The graphic arts cabinet and its eight thousand works, in particular, enjoys an international reputation. Online resources; educational files and young audience booklet help prepare you for the visit. Its permanent collections are displayed in sixty rooms, the 17C and 19C being particularly well represented.

The Fine Arts Museum was built in two stages: a first wing was built from 1877 to 1880 along rue Thiers ,and now rue Jean-Lecanuet, the second wing as well as the central building and the library having been built from 1884 to 1888. The main entrance to the museum is framed by two sculptures of Joseph Tournois representing Nicolas Poussin and Michel Anguier, two famous artists born in Normandy.

The Fine Arts Museum brings together a collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and works of art from the 15C to the present day, including a rare collection of Russian icons from the 16C to the beginning of the 19C. Among its treasures, the museum has in particular an exceptional set of paintings from the François Depeaux donation of 1909, which places it at the forefront of French provincial museums for impressionism. The cabinet of drawings, meanwhile, keeps more 8,000 pieces from the Renaissance to the 20C.


The breakdown by period of the paintings works are as follows

15-16C : Italian Renaissance painting is illustrated by a few big names like that of the Perugino. For painting in French, Flemish and Dutch schools, works by Gérard David, Louis Bréa, François Clouet, Pieter Aertsen, Maarten stand out. de Vos and Abraham Bloemaert.

17C painting is one of the strong points of the collection as much by the number, the quality and the diversity of the works presented which reflect the production of all the great European schools of painting of the century . The painting of the golden century Spanish is present with a masterpiece by Vélasquez whose paintings are so rare in France, and paintings by Jusepe de Ribera and Francisco de Herrera el Viejo among others. Italian painting is well illustrated with here yet another masterpiece, that of Caravaggio. French painting is amply represented, notably with famous painters from Normandy like Nicolas Poussin. Flemish and Dutch painting of the Golden Age is in the spotlight with many works of the different genres practiced at the time (Flemish religious paintings, Dutch still lifes, genre scenes, landscapes, portraits) with Pierre-Paul Rubens per example. Finally a rare example of English painting from the 17C is preserved in the museum with the painting by John Michael Wright representing Henry Arundel and his wife Cecily at the foot of the Cross.

18C-19C French painting, then predominant on the European scene by its influence and innovations, is the other high point of the collections of the Fine Arts Museum , especially for the Impressionist period, when Normandy and Rouen attracted many avant-garde painters:. The developments of impressionist painting, symbolism and then so-called post-impressionist trends are illustrated with the biggest names and major works. Claude Monet, who painted in his life from the Seine valley to Giverny to Le Havre, is present with no less than eleven paintings including La Cathédrale de Rouen.

20C  painting is rich with works by French painters but also foreign ones. The Duchamp family of artists is well represented Post-impressionist painters from the Rouen School are present in large numbers in the collections.

The sculpture is present with works by Pierre Puget, Antoine Étex, Théodore Géricault, David d’Angers, Antoine Bourdelle, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Alexandre Archipenko, Jacques Lipchitz, etc. The graphic arts cabinet is rich with more than 8,000 pieces including 5,000 drawings that make its reputation. There are drawings by Antoine Watteau, Théodore Géricault, Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Moreau, Vouet, Tiepolo, Ingres, Degas or Amedeo Modigliani. Among the works of art, one can admire an 18C Neapolitan Crèche as well as a 16C model of the Saint-Maclou Church in Rouen and pieces of furniture and goldsmithery. The museum also presents a large collection of Russian icons from the 16C to the early 19C.

The official Fine Arts museum in English is here: Fine Arts museum of Rouen

The tourist office of Rouen on the Fine Arts Museum in English: Tourist office of Rouen on the fine arts museum

The Ministry of Culture of France on the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen in French: Ministry of Culture on the fine arts museum

This is one of my memorable towns in France, came here early on my visits and then living closer came often even for lunch with the family. It is a city to marvel on foot, great architecture and history;see my other posts. Rouen is nice and the sights are of architecture and historical values second to none in my belle France.

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

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