Friday, May 10, 2024

Petit Palais

The Petit Palais was built (across the street from the Grand Palais) for the 1900 Exposition Universelle and now houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris).  In addition to hosting exhibitions, the museum's permanent collection, donated by "enthusiastic and eclectic collectors" consists of a variety of artefacts of the main artistic movements from Ancient Greece up to the First World War.

The exhibits are divided into sections:  the Dutuit Collection of medieval and Renaissance paintings, drawings, and objets d'art, the Tuck Collection of 18th century furniture, and the City of Paris collection of paintings, featuring works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Delacrois Courbet, Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Cézanne, Modigliani, and Rodin.  There is also a small collection of ancient Greek and Roman art and of Christian icons acquired up to 2019.

Petit Palais

Grand Palais across the street

Exhibition entrance (sold out)

Tickets to the exhibition Le Paris de La Modernite 1905-1925 are sold out and we turn instead to the works of the permanent collection, many of which we recognize.

The permanent collection

We admire, then head back out to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, continuing our exploration.

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