Title in french : Musée des Beaux-Arts
Type : classical / modern
City : MarseilleThe permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Marseille, the oldest museum in the city, is rich with more than 2,000 paintings and 300 sculptures, much of which was seized in churches and among emigrants during the revolution. "Only" 200 masterpieces are now visible to the public.
The ground floor shows the oldest paintings, classic art of the 15th and 16th century. There is also a room dedicated to Pierre Puget, the great artist from Marseille, essentially comprising statues or bas relief marble.
But where the museum is clearly different and deserves its reputation lies in the works of 18th and 19th century presented at the 1st floor. You will see a magnificent collection of paintings on the theme of Marseille or Provence. The large format of Joseph Loubon entitled "View of Marseille taking from the Aygalades on a market day" is just breathtaking. Paul Guigou and his "Hills of Allauch" or Alphonse Moutte and his "Lunch fishermen" also belong to the many major pieces.
Another composition worthy of the greatest interest is found in the mini sculptures by Honoré Daumier. 36 bronze busts caricature the parliament members of the era: the boring, the bornais stubborn, the senile, the disgust personified ... Close examination of this work provide many smiles and can occupy all your visit.
Finally, we appreciate the quality of the paintings devoted to the colonial art and the oriental culture, especially those of Maurice Bompard.
Like the Cantini Museum or the MOAA, Marseille can boast to have some wonderful collections still too unknown to its own inhabitants.http://www.marseille.fr/siteculture/jsp/site/Portal.jsp?page_id=55