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Saturday, June 4, 2011

"Jardins Romantiques Français" at the Musée de la Vie Romantique

Near one hundred paintings, watercolours, drawings and other artworks representative of the history of the french garden can be explored at the Musée de la Vie Romantic (The Museum of Romantic Life, or Museum of the Romantics) until July 17, 2011

Spanned between 1770 and 1840, the paintings transport the viewer to pictoresque and romantic gardens depicted by famous painters of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Famous names such as Antoine-Patrice Guyot, dit Guyot le Jeune, "Le Moulin de la Folie Beaujon"; Louis-François Cassas, "Mortefontaine, vue du lac et du Grand Rocher"; Jean-Thomas Thibault, "Projet de monument pour Jean-Jacques Rousseau au jardin des Tuileries"; Hubert Robert, "Vue du parc de Méréville", this last one known for his famous capriccio paintings, are some of the artists represented in the "Jardins Romantiques Français (1770-1840)" (French Romantic Gardens) exhibition.

The exhibition can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday (10am - 6pm), except holidays.
Regular admission is €7, with reduced prices and free entrance for other cases.
Permanent exhibitions are free.

A catalogue with 256 pages and 150 coloured illustrations is available for €30 and a Pixxie application is available for iPhone.

Located in the former Scheffer-Renan hotel, at the foot of Montmartre hill in the IXe arrondissement, 16 rue Chaptal, Paris, the Musée de la Vie Romantique became a museum in 1982, under the name of "Musée Renan-Scheffer" and after an extensive renovation it reopened in 1987 with its present name.

The main pavilion, built in 1830, was the Paris base of the dutch-born painter Ary Scheffer (1795-1858), where together with his daughter he would host Friday-evening salons, attended by the most famous in La Nouvelle Athènes.
George Sand, Eugène Delacroix, Ingrés, Frederic Chopin Alphonse de Lamartine and Charles Dickens are among those who frequented the place.

Access can be made by subway (Saint-Georges, Pigalle, Blanche, Liège) and bus (67, 68, 74).

More information regarding the exhibition and the museum can be found here (in French).
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