Bazille Gallery

The Bazille Gallery is the first of a series of rooms retaining their original French-style ceilings (part of the old Collège des Jésuites). Focusing on the pre-Impressionist period (1860–70) it highlights the links between the Montpellier painter Frédéric Bazille and his friends Renoir, Monet, and Sisley – all united in their quest for a new kind of painting combining a genuinely painterly approach, with scenes painted directly from life, out of doors. Bazille was struck down at a young age, in the Franco-Prussian war, but leaves a small, intense œuvre, most of which is now at the Musée Fabre (14 works).