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Art Museum Bordeaux: photo description (Musee des beaux-arts de Bordeaux)

An outstanding collection of Italian, Flemish and French painting in Bordeaux can be seen in the city art Museum. This institution ranks among the oldest museums of fine arts of France as it was founded in the beginning of the nineteenth century as part of the campaigns of Napoleon to bring art to the people. We will remind that under this decree, valuable works of art confiscated in the great French revolution from the aristocracy and Church, was transferred to several newly created museums located in different cities of France.

Initially, the collection of the art Museum of Bordeaux consisted of little more than four dozen paintings, but after a quarter of a century it was enriched with paintings from the private collection of the Marquis de Lacaze, who participated in Napoleon's military campaigns and while they managed to collect around 280 paintings created by European artists. The collection Lacaze acquired by the municipality of Bordeaux.

In 1870, the Museum building and its collection was seriously damaged during a fire, in particular, was lost paintings painted by Peter Paul Rubens and Philippe de Champana and the Museum had to move to another building.

After the fire, the Museum was placed in two buildings of the town hall, built in the second half of the XIX century by the architect Charles Bourget. In the North wing of the town hall is exhibited to the French and Dutch painting of the XIV-XVIII centuries, and in the South - mostly Italian and Flemish in the same period. Among the artists represented in the Museum of Bordeaux, Rubens and van Dyck, Tintoretto and Veronese, Perugino and Titian, Chagall and Matisse, Delacroix, Renoir and others. Also here you can get acquainted with the work of artists born in Bordeaux. It worked in the twentieth century post impressionist albert Marquet and Odilon Redon, one of the founders of symbolism, who lived in the second half of XIX and early XX centuries.