Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Musee de la Vie Romantique, Paris

The Musee de la Vie Romantique (Museum of the Romantic Life) is located in the 9th arondissement of Paris at the foot of Montmarte hill in an area known as the "Nouvelles Athens." It occupies a hotel particulier built in 1830 that was owned by the Dutch painter Ary Scheffer (1795-1858). Opposite the house is a small courtyard and two studios,  beside it a greenhouse and a small garden. 

Here Ary Scheffer and his daughter hosted Friday salons  attended by  a  who's  who of 19th century artists and intelllectuals. George Sand  came with Frederick Chopin. They would meet Delacroix, Lizt, Ingres, Lamartine, Viardot and Rossini. Later in the century Dickens and Turgeniev also found their way there.

Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)
Pauline Viardot en sainte Cecile, 1851

Ary Scheffer, La Princesse de Joinville, 1844
nee Dona Francisca da Braganca, princesse de Brazil,
fils de Emperor Pedro 1er

Francois-Hippolyte Debon (1807-1872)
Un justicier  1835 (self portrait)

 Charming; impossible to find, if one did not know it was there. A peaceful place.