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…