From Budapest to the Luxembourg

St Dorothy, sculpture on wood, 1410

St Dorothy, Hungarian sculpture on wood, 1410-1420. This medieval sculpture has a  Japanese gracefulness.

The first four rooms of Musée du Luxembourg probably reserve the most aesthetic shock you can get in Paris today. They are devoted to medieval and 16 th century collections of the Budapest Art Museum. And the small building in the Luxembourg gardens next to the Senate, is a perfect jewel box, for these exceptional paintings and sculptures selected from the 600 pieces of Prince Esterhazy’s collection.

Albrecht Dürer, Portrait of a young man, 1500-1510, Musée des Beaux Arts, Budapest

Albrecht Dürer, Portrait of a young man, 1500-1510, Musée des Beaux Arts, Budapest

Maître d'Ocolicsno, Presentation of Christ in the temple, 16 th cent with King St Etienne and St Ladislas of Hungary, sculptures, on wood

Maître d’Ocolicsno, Presentation of Christ in the temple, 16 th cent with King St Etienne and St Ladislas of Hungary, sculptures, on wood

Albrecht Dürer’s portrait of a young man, “Saint Jacques le Mineur” by El Greco (one of ten El Grecos owned by the museum), “Woman reading a letter” in front of an open window by Peter De Hooch, two beautiful Goyas only compete with a 1335 “Virgin with child” by Andrea Pisano, and Hans Hoffmann’s drawings of insects. Each of these 85 works are unique, including a strange Manet painting of Baudelaire’s lover whose white dress takes over the whole canvas and « New Eve » and « New Adam », 1924, by Sandor Bortnyik.

El Greco, St Jacques Le mineur

El Greco, St Jacques Le mineur

« When I visited the Museum of Art in Budapest, I never noticed that they had so many chefs d’œuvre », tells me Professor Eric Mension Rigau after his visit of the exhibition. The choice made by curators Laurent Salomé and Dr Laszlo Baan, is fabulous and Paris is very lucky to receive these treasures while the Hungarian museum is closed for modernization.

the tam from Budapest: Csaba Varga, Anne Sophie Kovacs, Judit Kata Virag, Dr Laszlo Baan, Csilla regos

the tam from Budapest: Csaba Varga, Anne Sophie Kovacs, Judit Kata Virag, Dr Laszlo Baan, Csilla regos

The rooms go chronologically starting with the Middle Ages and the German Renaissance with Dürer, Cranach and Altdorfer. Follow the Cinquecento, Dutch paintings with Franz Hals and Jan Steen and the show ends with interesting 19 th century Hungarian artists such as Jozsef Rippl-Ronai, and French impressionists.

Jozsef Rippl-Ronai, Lady with a cage, 1892 Galerie Nationale Hongroise, Budapest

Jozsef Rippl-Ronai, Lady with a cage, 1892 Galerie Nationale Hongroise, Budapest

It is a high quality exhibition and this musée du Luxembourg is so charming that you should not miss it. (until July 10 th)

Woman with a Fan, Edouard Manet, 1862

Woman with a Fan, Edouard Manet, 1862

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2 Comments on “From Budapest to the Luxembourg”

  1. pierre de rohan chabot

    Laure,
    Merci pour ta chronique sur l’exposition du Musée du Luxembourg. Elle m’a fait revivre l’émerveillement que j’avais ressenti lors de la visite du musée des beaux arts de Budapest à l’occasion d’un voyage il y a quelques années. Leur collection est d’une qualité exceptionnelle et j’ai hâte de revoir les oeuvres exposées à Paris.

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