The Fine Arts Museum in Quimper

The Musée des Beaux Arts is in the centre of Quimper, opposite the Cathedral, and home to a wonderful collection of paintings in a marvellous building. The collection is an amazing resource which can be visited time and time again, at leisure – we were only able to taste the offerings!

On our visit there was a special exhibition of self-portraits, on loan from the Quai d’Orsay Museum, no less.

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Cezanne self-portrait
Cezanne self-portrait
Van Gogh self-portrait
Van Gogh self-portrait

The Museum has many paintings depicting Breton life in the past. The statue of King Gradlon is a model for the actual statue on the roof of the Cathedral.

Charles Cottet (1904): Women of Plougastel at the Pardon of Ste Anne de Palud
Charles Cottet (1904): Women of Plougastel at the Pardon of Ste Anne la Palud
Theophile Deyrolles (c.1887): The Boules Players
Theophile Deyrolles (c.1887): The Boules Players
Evariste-Vital Luminais (c.1884): The Escape of King Gradlon
Evariste-Vital Luminais (c.1884): The Escape of King Gradlon
King Gradlon
King Gradlon
Simon Foucault (1905): The Gatherer of Seaweed
Simon Foucault (1905): The Gatherer of Seaweed
The contemporary centre of the building
The contemporary centre of the building

The collection includes Classical French Paintings by painters such as Du Bois.

Francois du Bois (1820): Le Sommeil d'Oreste
Francois du Bois (1820): Le Sommeil d’Oreste

Dutch paintings…

Adriaen Hanneman (1661): Dana van Vrijberghe
Adriaen Hanneman (1661): Dana van Vrijberghe

Exquisite…

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