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Paintings

Paintings 19th century - early 20th century

Louis François LEJEUNE, La Chasse à l'ours vers la cascade du lac d'Oo, près de Bagnères-de-Luchon, 1834, huile sur toile
© Louis François LEJEUNE, La Chasse à l'ours vers la cascade du lac d'Oo, près de Bagnères-de-Luchon, 1834, huile sur toile

In the Red Room, the way in which the works are presented suits the collections exhibited perfectly. Here, the French paintings of the 19th century are exhibited in the type of space that was contemporary to the works themselves.

The vast hall with its glass roof, the splendid Pompeiian red of its exhibition panels, the black lacquer of the panelling and above all, the hanging of the frames in several rows, all reconstitute an extremely dense mode of contemplation of the works. Visitors to the Salon, the grand annual exhibition of works by artists in the 19th century, were used to this type of hanging.
The main pictural movements of 19th century French art are represented, from Neoclassicism to Realism. Special mention must be made of the art of the years between 1870 and 1914; be they state deposits or municipal acquisitions, the works represent a period which exemplifies the artistic vitality between Academicism and modernity, of the end of the century.


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The collections

19th century - early 20th century - Modernity

In 1863 Le Figaro (French broadsheet newspaper) published an essay by Baudelaire, The Painter and Modern Life, which called on artists and critics to understand and transcribe the essence of a contemporary society which no longer bore any resemblance to...

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