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20 - Greuze Gallery

salle Greuze © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

This gallery – formerly the catalogue room of the Old Municipal Library – is dominated by the towering personalities of Vernet and Greuze. Nine paintings by Greuze illustrate the importance of "moralising" genre scenes, and themes of childhood and children's education as major preoccupations of their day. Landscape painting during the Englightenment period is represented with works by Wolff, Hubert Robert and Joseph Vernet. Aved's masterpiece, the Portrait of Madame Crozat is an early example of these changing attitudes.

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21 - David Gallery

Salle David © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

The gallery presents works by France's three leading Neoclassical artists: five early works by David, the Montpellier-born artist and French Neoclassical pioneer Vien, and Vincent. Portraits and Antique subjects are the predominant themes of works dating from the end of the Ancien régime, pre-1789. Houdon's sculptural masterpieces, Summer and Winter are displayed to superb effect. The gallery was built in 1867-68 as an extension of the Old Municipal Library, to house the superb collection of medieval Arabic manuscripts donated to the city by the Abbé Flottes, a professor of philosophy at Montpellier University.

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22 - Houdon Gallery

Salle Houdon © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

Dating from 1839-41, the gallery is the former reading room of the Old Municipal Library, now devoted to large-format Neoclassical works, especially history paintings of mythological, allegorical, historical or religious subjects, by Vien, Vincent, Suvée and Lagrenée. Sculptures among which the "Voltaire Seated" are put into value by a zenithal lighting. The works by Fabre have been removed from the walls for the time of the retrospective on this artist held in our exhibition galleries until February 2008 and then at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Turin until June 2008.

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23 - Cabinet Bonnet-Mel

Cabinet Bonnet Mel © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

This small "study" lined with hardwood panelling is devoted to themed exhibitions of drawings, prints and oil sketches on paper, from the museum's rich collection of graphic works. Works on paper are extremely fragile, and are therefore exhibited for three-month periods only, on a rotating basis.

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24 - Gauffier Gallery

salle Gauffier © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

This collection of pictures comprises mostly Italian works donated by François-Xavier Fabre, in 1825, illustrating the European-wide fashion for Neoclassical landscape painting. Artists from the northern schools include Hackert and Voogd, while France is represented by Gauffier, Boguet and Michallon. Oil sketches executed out of doors were worked up into "finished" landscapes later, in the artists' studios.

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25 - Demarne Gallery

Salle Demarne © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

This small gallery presents landscapes and genre scenes illustrating the fashionable taste for "northern-style" works during the Revolution and the Empire. The works anticipate the rise of Romantic intimism and troubador painting, with a range of European artists including Taunay, Swebach, Demarne, Gamelin, Berré and Jensen.

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26 - Girodet Gallery

Salle Girodet © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

This gallery presents history paintings and portaits by contemporaries and friends of Fabre: Girodet, Prud’hon, Desmarais, Meynier, Ménageot… The numerous oil sketches illustrate the complex preparatory studies undertaken by Neoclassical artists. Superb portraits by Gauffier and Vigée-Lebrun depict members of European high society of the day.

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27 - Fabre Gallery

Salle Fabre © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

The museum's final gallery of pre-19th-century paintings is a tribute to Montpellier's own François-Xavier Fabre, painter, collector and founder of the Musée Fabre. The overview of his work includes the sketch for his winning entery for the Prix de Rome, a triumph which marked the beginning of his career as an academic painter, together with his last self-portrait, painted two years before his death.

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28 - Salon Fabre 2

Salle Fabre2 © Musée Fabre / Montpellier Agglomération

The gallery offers a rest area ahead of the museum's collections of 19th and 20th-century art, together with screenings of a film about the life and work of François-Xavier Fabre.

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