On Sunday, (as you might have seen on Instagram) Mr and I decided to have brunch at Basilic Café at Rue Esquermoise. After filling our stomach, I suggested that we went to the Beaux-Arts museum. I didn’t know that the entrance was free for every first Sunday of the month but we were lucky! Even though there’s no special exhibition or whatsoever at the moment, re-visiting the permanent collection is already delightful for a summer afternoon.
The entrance hall
After all these years, how could I’ve left this beauty out of this blog? That was what I was wondering when I stepped into the building. The middle section was quite empty but all the different galleries was great.
The underground area was dedicated to Antiquities, Middle Age and Renaissance collections. Personally, this is my least favorite area but if you are visiting for the first time, the various archeology collections are really worth your time.
On the ground floor, you can find the Sculpture and Ceramics Gallery. I love how grandiose and beautiful the galleries are, with great natural lights all over.
The museum have more than 450 pieces of artwork but only around 130 are publicly exposed.
Like most of the museums in France, not only the collections are great but the architecture of the museum is also a chef d’oeuvre of it’s own. The Palais des Beaux-Arts was established in 1809 but the current Belle-Epoque style was constructed in 1835.
The first floor welcomes more than 500 paintings from different eras and style, Flamish, French, Italian, Spanish and many others. I love how different galleries are painted with different wall colours. It was visually very sublime and at the same time very helpful for the visitors.
Bouquet champêtre, Eugène Delacroix (circa 1850)
Les amours funestes de Francesca de Rimini, Maris-Philippe Coupin de La Couperie
Femme de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Amaury-Duval (circa 1866)
The impressionisme gallery is definitely my favorite! How can you not be facinated by the superb brush strokes of Monet, Sisley and other great masters.
Alfred Sisley, Port-Marley, gelée blanche (1872)
Edward Manet, Berthe Morisot à l’eventail (1874)
Auguste Renoir, La route de Louveciennes (1895)
Claude Monet, Le Parlement de Londres (1904)
Pablo Picasso, Femme Assise (1920)
The museum also has a small café, however not that interesting in my opinion but enough for visitors to have something to drink.
Overall I really enjoyed my time. My last visit was maybe a few years ago so it was fun to rediscover the museum.
Palais des Beaux-Arts
Place de la République – 59000 Lille
Entrance : 7€ for adult / 4€ for kids
Till next time!