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Granet Museum: photos, description (Musee Granet)

Granet Museum in AIX-EN-Provence was named after a local artist, born here and lived at the end of XVIII - first half XIX century. François Marius Granet was the son of a bricklayer, and the art of painting he learned while traveling in Italy. His work and talent to the Brink reached the position of conservator of Versailles, but in 1848 lost it. After this he returned to his hometown and a year later founded the Museum, giving him part of his creative heritage. In the same year the artist died, the Museum became his last work.

The Museum that bears his name, is near the Cathedral Saint-Sauveur in place Saint-Jean. The building that it occupies was previously the home of the rector of the Church of the order of St. John. Over time, it acquired several additions, the latest of which was the exhibition space, opened in 2013. In it were placed the works given to the Museum by a collector from Switzerland Jean Planck. Transmitted to collection contained works by Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre Auguste Renoir and other masters.

In the past and the XIX centuries, the collection of the Museum were also enlarged thanks to the donors and the state. So in the collection appeared, for example, the nine paintings by Paul cézanne. Just now meeting the Granet Museum has about six hundred paintings.

In addition, the Museum presents sculptures of the XIX century, and archaeological finds Dating back to Celtic times. They were discovered in the vicinity of AIX-EN-Provence in place of the city, which was destroyed by the Romans, and then, next built a city, which became the predecessor of modern AIX.

The Museum exposition is divided into several parts. In one of the paintings before the nineteenth century, other paintings created in the past and XIX centuries, and the third section is devoted to sculpture.