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“Ok small museum”

Musee des Beaux-Arts
Ranked #58 of 101 things to do in La Rochelle
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Reviewed 25 October 2014

As others have said, it needs a lift. That being said, it's an ok small museum concentrating on La Rochelle. There are lots of old views of the city and surrounding area.

Thank cordyroy
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Lovely little museum with a fine exhibition at the moment on La Femme - plus painting by the local painter, Fromentin. Certainly worth a visit but don't bother if you can't do stairs - two flights up an ancient staircase and no lift for those who are physically unable to climb.

1  Thank Malcolm C
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Excellent permanent displays in very large villa in town centre. Very interesting collection related to the slave trade and wonderful temporary B & W photographic exhibition of portraits of people from around the world

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Reviewed 16 June 2012

A party of seven with our painting teacher travelled more than 100 kms today (saturday 16 june 2012) only to find the museum was closed for renovation. Very disappointed that this was not announced on any of the tourist sites for the area

Thank Patricia E
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

The Musée des Beaux-Arts occupies I single floor in what I believe to be an old episcopal palace. In addition to other odds and ends, they have large collections of the works of Fromentin and Bouguereau, both local boys. (They don't seem to have any of Bouguereau's famous works; apparently the big Paris museums have claimed them by droit de seigneur.)

The impression I had then of the Fromentin collection is that the works were very typically Romantic; I don't remembert them at all now, which I guess means that I was profoundly unimpressed.

The works by Bouguereau, though, were a surprise. There are many portraits which are much more interesting and human (and less ugly, if I dare say so) than the more famous Ingres portraits of the same genre. The really great surprise, though, is a nude-on-the-beach by Bouguereau. Normally, Bouguereau nudes are an acquired taste which can be acquired only by the more extreme members of the Pink Backsides and Monarchy Party. This one, though, really is a lovely painting of a lovely woman; all lovers of women and painting should enjoy it immensely.

It turns out that Bouguereau really was a good painter, maybe sometimes a great one, but the only way to discover the secret is by going to this tiny museum in La Rochelle.

The museum employees are friendly, they are happy to leave you alone no matter how weird you look - and we do look weird - and the museum was empty when we were there. A wonderful change if you've just come from Paris.

4  Thank Monobasis
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