Dear all,

Most of you may enjoy this week-end the sightseeing of Paris. I have a very nice place to recommend you.

If you like museums, antiques or (like me) are fond of attending sales by auction (ventes aux encheres) for example at the Drouot Hotel in Paris, this place is done for you!

In the middle of the Haussmann Boulevard, you can discover a marvellous private mansion built during the Second Empire, housing a rare, dazzling collection belonging of the French Institute: the Jacquemart-Andre Museum.

It can be compared to the Frick Collection in New York if you had the chance to go there.

Ordered in 1868 by Edouard Andre, one of the most wealthy man of the Second Empire in France, descended from (issu de) a Protestant bankers’ family to Henri Parent who competed for decoration of the Parisian Opera – finally awarded to Garnier-, it was built from 1869 to 1875.

With his wife, Nelie Jacquemart, a famous portrait painter from Catholic confession, Edouard Andre travelled through Europe and the East to purchase works of art and exceptional pieces of furniture.

Consequently, the museum is a collectors’ mansion. They dedicated a long part of their life to gather together (rassembler) the best works of art to satisfy (apaiser) their passion. At this time, it could be considered as a singular action but finally let us the opportunity nowadays to take part into (participer a) an artistic journey through the heart of the Italian Renaissance, 18th century French masterpieces and works by the Flemish masters...

Just one word, go there and enjoy... I was really seduced by such treasures. One word can perfectly define my meaning: “breathtaking” (a vous couper le souffle).

Moreover, when you enter on the museum, do not hesitate to take the audioguide as it is a pleasant way to discover the museum. One of the guardian is so sweet and helpful that it is impossible you not to be conquered by this museum...

Until September 10th, 2006, you can also enjoy an exhibition related to the artists and stars on the Paris Match pictures.

Special price for students, unemployed: € 7,00.

Normal Price: € 9,50

Subway station: Saint-Philippe du Roule – Line 9

Open from 10 :00 AM to 18 :00 PM

Address : 158, boulevard Haussmann in the 8th area

Visit also the website of the museum: http://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

 

Let me know your comments on your visit...

With best wishes,

Ceraulen

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