Numerous Donations for the Musée de la Vie Romantique


22/12/12 - Acquisitions - Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique - Now that Daniel Marchesseau, director here since 1999, will soon be retiring in February 2013, the Musée de la Vie Romantique is taking stock of the acquisitions made during this period, a particularly impressive record. The curator’s wise management of the meager funds contributed by the city of Paris and his very fruitful mobilization of donors, including the Société des Amis, has resulted in an extraordinary enrichment of the museum collections. Besides the many paintings and sculptures by various artists, one figure alone is enough to reflect his resounding success : no less than eight paintings by Ary Scheffer, the master of this residence, were purchased or donated to the institution.

Thus the year 2012 sees Daniel Marchesseau leaving on a high note, with many donors presenting works on the eve of his departure as a tribute to his presence at the head of the establishment.


1. Carl Hummel (1821-1907)
The Goethe’s Gallery in the Residence,
the Duke’s Palace in Weimar
, 1846
Watercolor, Pencil and Gouache
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : Musée de la Vie Romantique

2. Carl Hummel (1821-1907)
The Schiller’s Room in the Residence,
the Duke’s Palace in Weimar
, 1846
Watercolor, Pencil and Gouache
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : Musée de la Vie Romantique


- Eugene V. Thaw, the well known American collector, some of whose interior views are currently on display here (see article, in French), donated two of them, both by the German artist, Carl Hummel, representing rooms in the Residence, the duke’s palace in Weimar (ill. 1 and 2). They were immediately hung in the exhibition.


3. Jean-Jacques Feuchère (1807-1852)
Nymph on a Dolphin, cigar holder, 1844
Patinated Plaster - 22 x 24 x 11 cm
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : Didier Rykner

4 Antonin Moine (1796-1849)
Landscape with a Chapel in Ruins
Pastel - 25.1 x 38 cm
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : Paris-Musée/K. Mocautel


- Sylvain Bellenger and Jean-Loup Champion donated a plaster cast by Jean-Jacques Feuchère, a model for a cigar holder representing a Nymph on a Dolphin (ill. 3) as well as a pastel landscape by the Romantic sculptor Antonin Moine, depicting a Landscape with a Chapel in Ruins (ill. 4) which had been exhibited at the museum in 2001 [1].


5. Antonin Moine (1796-1849)
Sully, 1846
Bronze - 43 x 16 x 16.5 cm
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : Didier Rykner


- Charles Janoray donated a bronze by Antonin Moine representing Sully (ill. 5), a reduced replica of a large marble located in front of the Senate, Palais du Luxembourg in Paris.


6. Marie d’Orléans (1813-1839)
Falcon Hunting, Amazon and Greyhound,
c. 1835-1838
Plaster - 35.5 x 33 x 18.5 cm
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : Galerie Elstir

7. Marie d’Orléans (1813-1839)
Falcon Hunting, Amazon and Greyhound,
c. 1835-1838
Plaster - 35.5 x 33 x 18.5 cm
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : Galerie Elstir


- Solange Thierry de Saint-Rapt, who had previously offered an Ary Scheffer portrait, presented a rare plaster cast by Marie d’Orleans : Falcon Hunting, Amazon and Greyhound, while the Amis du Musée purchased its companion piece, Falcon Hunting, Amazon and Greyhound (ill. 6 and 7). Both works come from the Elstir Gallery in Paris.


8. Jean-Jacques Feuchère (1807-1852)
Portrait of the Actor Prosper Bressant,
c. 1848-1850
Plaster Cast - 50 x 13.5 x 13.8 cm
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : Didier Rykner


- Lucile Audouy, from the Elstir Gallery in Paris, donated another plaster cast by Jean-Jacques Feuchère, a Portrait of the Actor Prosper Bressant (ill. 8).


9. Théodore Gechter (1795-1844)
Saint Cécilia
Bronze
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : Didier Rykner

10. Théodore Gechter (1795-1844)
The Death of Harold, 1842
Bronze - 23 x 43 x 27 cm
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : Didier Rykner


- Jacqueline Frydman and Jean Cortot donated a bronze by Théodore Gechter in 2012, representing Saint Cecilia (ill. 9). That same year, the museum acquired another statuette by the same sculptor, The Death of Harold (ill. 10), from the Charles Janoray Gallery in New York.


11. Christian Daniel Rauch (1777-1857)
Bust of Goethe, 1820
Bronze - 42 x 56 cm
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : Galerie Stéphane Grodée


More remarkably, when just a few weeks ago Stéphane Grodée, an art dealer in Amiens, proposed a very important bronze bust by Christian Daniel Rauch, one of Germany’s most prominent 19th century sculptors, depicting Goethe (ill. 11), a natural addition to this museum devoted to Romanticism, Daniel Marchesseau succeeded in raising the needed funds for the purchase in record time thanks to very generous donors [2]. The bust is now part of the museum’s permanent collection.


12. Pierre-Jean David d’Angers (1788-1856)
Victor Hugo
Bronze
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : Didier Rykner


The Amis du Musée de la Vie Romantique organized a small ceremony to celebrate the official acceptance of the two casts by Marie d’Orleans and to mark the departure of Daniel Marchesseau. At the end of the reception, the Talabardon & Gautier Gallery made yet another donation, a medal by David d’Angers with the likeness of Victor Hugo, now in the museum’s display case (ill. 12). However, the list of the museum’s additions is not yet over : Daniel Marchesseau, still at the helm, is already working on the next acquisition !

Version française


Didier Rykner, vendredi 4 janvier 2013


Notes

[1] The exhibition, Dessins romantiques français provenant de collections particulières parisiennes, number 64 in the catalogue.

[2] The patrons who contributed to this acquisition are Henri Chibret, Françoise Chibret, Léonard Gianadda, Mrs. Jean Cortot, Hervé and Marina Aaron, François de Ricqulès and Christie’s France.



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