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Museum of the Abbey of Saint-Croix: photo, description Musee Sainte-Croix des Sables-d'olonne)

Museum of the Abbey of Saint-Croix - one of the attractions of the town of Les Sables d'olonne. This sea port and a resort located in the French Department of Vendee, pays de La Loire region in the West of the country. It was founded in 1218 and is famous especially for its beaches, located in the heart of the city. However, there remain a few buildings of the Renaissance.

One of these buildings is the Abbey of Sainte-Croix, founded in 1639. Here lived the sisters Benedictine. However, after the great French revolution and following the secularization of Church lands, the monastery was dissolved. First, the building was converted into a military hospital, and during the German occupation, the Nazis gave concentration camp. After the liberation of France, the former monastery was passed to the city Council, and in 1963 it was opened a large cultural centre with a music school and the Museum of modern art.

The Museum occupies a huge area in three floors. There are a variety of representatives of painting, sculpture and other art forms of the early and mid twentieth century. Notably the famous surrealist Romanian Victor Brauner. His work is a mixture of European avant-garde with exotic archetypes of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Here are 56 of his paintings. Among other prominent artists featured also the name of Gaston Ressaca, a supporter of the style of art Brut ("rough" art). There is 47 of his works, made from various materials.

Separately allocated the work of local artists, depicting the colorful seascapes of the Vendee and surrounding area. These masterpieces include a Marina, gouache and unique artworks made of sea shells.