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Themed visits

Animals

Potter, Trois vaches au pâturage © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

The representation of animals in a painting evokes nature in all its diversity, but also refers to mythical or biblical episodes. Dogs generally symbolize loyalty, lions force and pride, and serpents refer to evil and original sin.

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Wine

Tassaert, La jeune femme au verre de vin © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

Wine and spirits are omnipresent in cabaret and tavern scenes in the 17th century. They often accompany scenes of debauchery in which there is a certain amount of moralizing criticism. In the 19th century, wine was replaced by champagne, a refined product enjoyed by Bruyas and his friends at an outdoor meal.

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Children

Desboutin, La voiture d'enfant © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

Childhood is a time of games, discovery and learning. The best known child is doubtless baby Jesus cradled in his mother’s arms, but works of art also depict baby angels, pious children, malicious children, good children and solitary children. You will see these figures in the tour designed for young people.

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Water

Courbet, Bord de mer à Palavas © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

Water is one of the four mythical elements, along with fire, air and earth. In the Western World, water symbolises purification and renewal (water baptism). Depicted as elusive, devastating (le Gave débordé) or a source of life, in the 19th century water became the favourite theme of Impressionist painters.

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