I drive past The Musée Faure often and have been in once before but I needed to see it again to be able to tell you about it. What a wonderful collection in our Aix-les-Bains. Bravo to Dr Faure.
A little history …
The Musée Faure was founded in 1949 in a 20th century villa called “Les Chimères”.
Dr. Jean Faure (1862-1942) was brought up in a middle class family after becoming a doctor in Pharmacology, he was elected to a great number of responsible posts in important professional groups.
In 1885 he became a member of the French Committee for Exhibitions and was in regular contact with the Arts world. He settled in Aix-les-Bains in the beginning of the 20th Century and met Dr. Paul Drussuel together they concocted (at 5, avenue de Marlioz) the famous Bonjean Elixir – recommended for all ailments. This brought wealth to them both and Dr Faure lived between Aix-les-Bains and Paris.
While in Paris he was often in different Arts salon and befriended many famous and important people of the Arts. After some judicious investments, he and André Schoeller, a Parisian art dealer, reinvested the proceeds in works of art thus forming this collection.
The Impressionist and the Impressionist style paintings and sculptures are the backbone of the museum’s collection. Some say the homogenous nature of his collection makes one think it was intended for a museum from the start.
The museum was renovated in the 1980’s to enhance this prestigious collection and also to improve security. There are three floors in the villa.
The ground floor houses the Temporary exhibitions (4 or 5 special expos if contemporary works and regional artists) and various artists including Foujita (which I enjoy below), Fantin-Latour, Alfred Boucher etc.
Temporary Expo Anne/Daniele Berthet
The first floor embraces a complete study of the history of art between 1850 and 1900, showing how painting evolved during that period from the Romantics to the Impressionists to Symbolists. Monticelli, Bonnard, Degas and Pissarro to name a few.
Paysage au Moulin 1800 Georges MICHEL
Porte de la Grande Chartreuse 1875 François Frédérique GROBON
Le Passage des Echelles 1787, François-Joseph de MARTINEL
Vue de Bonnières 1866 Paul CEZANNE
Pré, effet de soleil 1885 Camille PISSARRO
Pommier sous le soleil 1885 Camille PISSARRO
The second floor houses a collection of 34 Rodin sculptures, the 2nd or 3rd most extensive collection in France, Lamartine’s (famous French poet) room and a collection of ceramics from the original museum in Aix-les-Bains founded in 1872 by the painter and engraver Viscount Ludovic Napoléon Lepic a friend of Edgar Degas.
Danseuse tirant son bas 1865 Edgar DEGAS
Roméo et Juillette around 1902 Auguste RODIN
Le Baiser du Fantôme à la Jeune Fille 1885 Auguste RODIN
You’ll find the Musée Faure at 10 Boulevard des Côtes, 73100 Aix-les-Bains. It’s about 200 meters on the same side of the street as the church Notre Dame.
04 79 61 0657
Open everyday except Tuesday from 10:00 – 12:00 and 1:30 – 6:00pm.
I just called and they will close December 23rd – January 4th.
As recited by the Musée Faure pamphelet.
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