Romantic Interior, Watercolors 1820-1880 at Le Musée de la Vie Romantique - 10 September to 13 January 2013
An exceptional collection. From September, the Museum of Romantic Life in Paris joins the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York to present its remarkable collection of some eighty nineteenth century interior scenes from the West, compiled by the famous collector Eugene V.Thaw, and donated by the latter in 2007.
The exceptional quality and the unexpected richness of these watercolours and gouaches on paper invite the public to appreciate the patrician intimacy of some of the finest interiors the of the day.
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At the beginning of the 19th Century a large number of writers and artists settled in the 9th arrondissement, an area that they dubbed « Little Athens ». The house of portrait painter Ary Scheffer – now the Musée de la Vie Romantique – was visited by the stars of the time such as Chopin, Liszt, Dickens… and writer George Sand, to whom the museum is now partially dedicated.
Tucked away at the end of a long paved alley at 16 de la rue Chaptal there’s something quite rare in Paris: a detached two-storey house with its own garden, a real haven of peace. Built in 1830 for Ary Scheffer, he added two artist workshops and a glasshouse, sculpted the garden and lived there for thirty years until his death.
Over two small storeys, the museum exposes the personal effects of George Sand in a décor designed by Jacques Garcia (who also designed the décor of the Hôtel Costes for example), recreating the ambiance of the ‘romantic life’ that the artists of the time strived for. As soon as you enter, the thick curtains and carpets give the place a warm, cosy feel…
On the ground floor, writer George Sand’s memorabilia is displayed: portraits, furniture and jewellery from the 18th and 19th Centuries, bequeathed by her granddaughter Aurore Lauth-Sand…