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29 - Romanticism

romantisme © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

This vaulted gallery marks the start of the museum's itinerary of modern and contemporary art, housing works from the first half of the 19th century. The paintings reflect the contemporary fashion for dramatic illustrations of literary and historical scenes, and images of heroic suffering. Dramatic works such as these contrasts with sensual, flirtatious scenes reflecting the full diversity of French painting during this period.

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30 - Préault Gallery

salle_preault © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

The vaulted gallery presents large-format, anecdotal, Romantic works: picturesque landscapes of the French regions, and "troubador" scenes from French history. In the centre, a monumental plaster by the Romantic sculptor Auguste Préault represents the great financier Jacques Cœur, an adopted citizen of Montpellier.

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31 - Bruyas Gallery

Galerie bruyas © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

This long gallery, opening onto the Bazille Court, displays small-format works, mostly from the collection of Alfred Bruyas, including landscapes of the Barbizon School, and animal sculptures by Barye. The numerous portraits of Bruyas himself testify to his close personal contacts with the artists of his day. The works are hung so as to recreate the original atmosphere of the collector's private gallery, providing an insight into his capricious, tormented personality.

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32 - Delacroix and Orientalism

Delacroix et l'orientalisme © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

Two masterpieces by Delacroix, Women of Algiers in their Apartment and Moroccan Military Exercises are displayed here together with other Orientalist works, and works by Romantic artists such as Huet and Géricault. Delacroix's close friends, Barye and Bonington, are also represented.

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33 - Ingres and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts

Ingres et l'école des beaux arts © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

Works illustrating the highly developed taste and teachings of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts are grouped here, around the towering personality of Ingres, the leading figure of the Neoclassical school. The emphasis on accomplished drawing, polished execution, anatomical detail and archaeological precision testify to the rigours of artistic training at the Beaux-Arts, the crowning glory of which was a spell at the Villa Medici, the French School in Rome, for winners of the coveted Prix de Rome.

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34 - Salon Bruyas

Salon Bruyas © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

This interpretive area is divided into two sections: one display case contains drawings from the museum's rich collection of works on paper, from the first half of the 19th century. Elsewhere, the displays focus on a range of items and archive documents evoking the personality of the collector Alfred Bruyas, whose donations brought the Musée Fabre into the modern age. Two interactive stations provide access to the museum's multimedia resources, and a wealth of further information.

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35 - Cabanel and the Académie

Cabanel et l'Académie © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

Created during the museum's recent refurbishment and renovation, this gallery pays tribute to the Montpellier painter Alexandre Cabanel. Works painted by Cabanel as a young man, in response to a commission from Bruyas, are displayed here together with his celebrated large-format academic compositions, typifying the light, elegant style which predominated during the reign of Napoleon III.

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36 - Injalbert Gallery

Galerie Injalbert © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

This light-filled gallery is a covered terrace opening onto the Bazille and Bourdon Courts, leading to the museum's reception foyer and lifts, from where visitors can gain access to Level 2. Works displayed here illustrate the diversity of "official" sculpture in 19th-century France, with pieces by Injalbert, Delaplanche, Barrias, Mengue, and Gumery.

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