Friday Heirloom 2018

Friday Heirloom 78: Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux

Check out the Highlights of November here

I’m not happy with one color… I want a rainbow (although sometimes I do find satisfaction through the lens of my shiny white wine glass!)


Cover Photo: Expo Matisse at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux 

Who needs Paris when you have Bordeaux?

Situated in the South East of France, Bordeaux is, in fact, a “Paris in miniature”. Elegance, savoir-faire, arts and museums make this city a better alternative for those of you looking for space (and quiet time to think).


And yes, Bordeaux even has its own  Musée des Beaux-Arts, a small but bold arts museum located in the city center. So instead of traveling to Paris, this week I decided to see more of what’s right under my nose…


Surprise! I found a lovely collection of European paintings and sculptures, which is spread over the two wings of the Bordeaux Museum of Fine Arts – well, one wing was closed and it’s only kept open on Sundays.


A marble statue of Apollo by Lemot & Cortot

From the 15th through the 20th century, I was able to look at some great highlights of European art history. What a treat, and so close to my apartment! I believe most of the pieces are also exhibited online, on their website.

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Art installations by Atelier Franck Tallon (museum garden)

I was also pleasantly surprised to find an exhibit on Matisse and the series M “Themes and Variations”, a set of seven drawings by the artist which represent a declination of still lives of flowers and fruits. They were offered by the artist to the museum in 1943.


Henri Matisse by his friend Albert Marquet, 1899


I really enjoyed my time at the Musée des Beaux-Arts this week and I’m looking forward to checking out the other wing on a Sunday. My friend and I spent most of the time admiring a slideshow of drawings by Matisse, as well as reading poetry…



For more information on the museum and its history, I also found this page on the website. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! (You might need to translate it into English).

Bisous and happy Friday Heirloom!

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