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“A surprising gem”

Musee Charles Milcendeau
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Soullans
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

I'd never heard of this artist, a contemporary of Mattisse, so interesting to hear about him and enjoy his work. An intro film plays in english, but info with artwork in French only. I enjoyed seeing his painted studio most, a nice finale. There are a couple of picnic benches outside if nice weather but almost no signage in the area, so Sat nav required. Fine with a pushchair throughout.

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Reviewed 31 May 2016

the museum is located off the beaten track outside Soullans where Milcendeau was born. There is one salon covering his work on local country life in the marshes and another his trips to Spain. There is an interesting video which can be played in English, Spanish and French. The information on the paintings is in French. Although I had no expectation of information in English the receptionist offered me a tablet with a very informative app with details of ten of the paintings in English. The entry ticket, a very reasonable €3.50, also includes his house next door. In the museum there is a small courtyard where you can rest and consume coffee from a coffee machine. This was my first visit so cannot be sure but it looked as if there had been a recent renovation. Very interesting visit with a very helpful receptionist!

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Reviewed 18 September 2015

Well presented. Very interesting pictures in range of media. The interesting captions needed a decent English translation. But the gallery and environs were very pleasant with helpful staff.

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Reviewed 22 February 2015

I had never heard of Charles Milcendeau when I first visited this museum some 12 years ago. Lost in the middle of the salt marshes of Soullans, I discovered a little gem of a museum, dedicated to this one artist who was a remarkably gifted painter and draughtsman. A pupil of Gustave Moreau, Milcendeau at his best, was on a par with the masters of the period. The museum building, a fine modern construction, just disappears into the flat landscape and offers wonderful views out onto the very landscapes that Milcendeau captured. In addition, it presents clearly and safely a wealth of his formidable portrait studies of the local inhabitants as well as his paintings and sketches from Paris and Spain. The artist actually lived next door and his house-studio is also part of the museum experience. He painted the walls to resemble the beautiful tile work he had seen at the Alhambra in Spain, built a beautiful little garden around and we understand very well the poverty and difficult conditions in which he continued to work. Fortunately, the community of Soullans has safeguarded his works here and shows them in an exceptional condition.

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Reviewed 13 November 2014

Charles Milcendeau was born in neighbouring Soullans and studied art in Paris in the late 19th century. Here, in his former home, you can admire a large collection of his marvellously atmospheric paintings which evoke the marshland that you see all around you, and the rugged peasant families who lived there in his time.
In the second little house you are in for an extraordinary treat - the walls of his former studio are entirely covered with decorative painting that Milcendeau made to lift his spirits from the damp marshy landscape and to remind him of the sunshine of Spain.
Not to be missed!

Thank Loiseau
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