The collections of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy offer a rich panorama of the history of European art, from the late Middle Ages to the most contemporary period. The decorative arts are particularly well represented, with an important collection from the Daum factory. The museum is also open to design with the work of Jean Prouvé.
Focus on some artworks from the musée des Beaux-Arts
A little more Friant ?
Émile Friant, The Lovers, 1888
"Nancy, 20 September 1888,
I write to tell you about my latest meeting with the master-glassmaker’s son, Lucien. He asked me to…
A painter and his model
Édouard Manet, Autumn, 1882
And what a model! One of the best-known courtesans in Paris during the “Belle Epoque”! A rare beauty, intelligent and amusing! A friend, a confidante,…
A pastoral as a landscape
Claude Gellée, known as “Claude” or “Le Lorrain”, Pastoral landscape, oil on canvas, 1635
“I’m looking for parts of the Lorraine landscape in Claude’s works, but I can’t see any. But that’s because he left when he was 13 or 14 years old.…
Furniture named “Cité”
Jean Prouvé, Metal furniture from the Monbois university hall of residence in Nancy, comprising a chair, desk, armchair, bed and shelf, 1930-1932
I’ve always been fascinated by modernity, the first aircraft, cars… I wanted to become an engineer… but through decorative ironwork I became a 20th…
Here and now
Felice Varini, Orange Ellipse hollowed out by seven discs, 2000
Produced “in situ”* at the musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy in 2010. Acrylic wall painting. Part of the national contemporary art collection.
Light ! Or the announcement of great news…
Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, The Annunciation, Oil on canvas, c. 1607-1610
He takes all the light: Gabriel. An angel. An apparition. An “Annunciation”. This scene is taken from the Bible: the angel leans towards Mary and…
Love at dawn / Divine idyll
François Boucher, Aurora and Cephalus, oil on canvas, 1733
In bright, cheerful colours, the first light of morning welcomes the blossoming love of a man and a woman. She has a pale complexion, pink flesh and…
Nothing like a good bath after hunting !
Jean-François de Troy, Diana bathing with her nymphs, oil on canvas, 1737
She’s very much the centre of attention. Relaxing after her efforts, draped in an animal skin, she’s having her hair brushed and is enjoying a…