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    Musée des Beaux-Arts -interiors

    by gwened Written Feb 17, 2013
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    fine arts museum is a jewel of Brittany another must see in the city, recommended of course. It is located in the plaza on the side of the Cathedral , on a former palace done at the end of the 19C, the museum done by the city started in 1872 and dont stop enlarging it.It has been completely redesign in 1993.

    for more details info on hours, etc,ssee tip on exteriors.wonderful place indeed.

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    Musée Departemental Breton - Interiors

    by gwened Written Feb 17, 2013
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    a museum tracing the history of Brittany and the department of Finistére, it is inside the old episcopal palace of Cornouaille, the most remarkable building after the Cathedral. It present a show of archeology,popular arts, and decoratives arts of Finistére.

    For more details on hours etc, see the tip on the exteriors. Enjoy it;wonderful place.

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    Cathedral St Corentin-Exteriors

    by gwened Updated Feb 16, 2013

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    wonderful expression of Breton architecture and a major church in Brittany,One of top 3, lovely, a must to see it.
    Early in the 12C the politics of king Philippe-Auguste try to establish an influence of the ile de France region (Paris) on Brittany help by a local administration of French origins. From 1239AD, the bishop of Quimper, Raynaud, also ,of French origins, try to create the foundation for a new choir, to replace the roman style one. He ,also, establish a huge chantier to create a wonderful Cathedral of gothic architecture inspired by those in ile de France. From this experiment all the other Cathedrals of Brittany were modeled.

    The choir (started in 1239 and finish in 1410) has four travers righted with a ambulatory and lateral chapels. They are extended to the east by a chevet at three parts that opens a roundpoint in the form of five chapels and one absical chapel with two travers and a chevet consacreted to the Virgin. The nave (done by 1460)is form by six travers with one at the tower levels of the facade flanks by double lower sides, large fractions of chapels that prolong the disposition of the choir. A transept link these two parts given the importance to the great Cathedrals of the ile de France region in the 13C.

    the facades done by 1424 coming from examples of the towers of normand belltowers gives similar to those of Notre-Dame du Mur at Morlaix ,and the belltower of Kreisker at Saint-Pol de Léon
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7ptk5_visite-de-la-cathedrale-saint-coren_creation&start=13
    hope you can see this video in French by the city of Quimper just beautiful
    more of this beauty, tourist office
    http://www.quimper-tourisme.com/en/quimper-and-its-country/la-cathedrale-st-corentin.html

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    Musée des Beaux Arts-exteriors

    by gwened Updated Feb 16, 2013

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    fine arts museum is a jewel of Brittany another must see in the city, recommended of course. It is located in the plaza on the side of the Cathedral , on a former palace done at the end of the 19C, the museum done by the city started in 1872 and dont stop enlarging it.It has been completely redesign in 1993.

    open september to october, than april may and june every day from 9h to 12h then 14h to 18h except tuesdays. from november to march, every day except tuesdays, from 9h30 to 12h and 14h to 17h30; july and august open every day from 10h to 19h, close jan 1, may 1,Nov 11, and Dec 25
    admission is 5€ per adult. students and those under 26 pay 3€ with a wonderful boutique shop for gifts and books ,paintings etc.

    You get a map of the museum and booklet, the map show you in sequence all the rooms to visit. and they are panels upon entering the room telling you what is showing. The entrance on ground level here (1 FL USA) you have the Breton paintings, the history of the museum, and a room on local hero poet Max Jacob who died in 1944 after been taken to a nazy concentration camp (he was of jewish beliefs), also, a selection of work by his friends such as Picasso,Modigliani, Cocteau, De Belay, Wood, and Jean Moulin(the French resistance hero of WWII).

    The first floor (2nd FL USA) you continue the sequence to the Flemish artists and Dutch from the end of the 16C to early 18C (Rubens, Jordaens etc); You visit Rodin and the sculptures, then the Italian paintings from end 14C to the 18C(Reni,Solimena,Bartolo di Fredi,etc); go on to the French paintings from end of 17C to the early 19C ( Mignard, Fragonard, Meynier, etc), you go thru a rooms of drawings 16-19C, then French Paintings from the 19C (Chasseriau, Corot, Boudin, etc), you visit the Pont Aven school and the Nabis (Bernard,Sérusier, Maufra, Gauguin, de Haan, Moret, Denis etc); then after pont aven (delaunay,Gruber, Gromaire, etc); Breton paintings of the 29C (Tal Coat,Bazaine, Manessier, Le Moal etc); the room of Lemordant recreating the mansion of the L'épée in Quimper created between 1906 and 1909 by Lemordant.

    There is learning courses for children to learn by identifying the items in the museum, and a great section on revolutionary France and the resistance of Brittany. Just wonderful

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    Musée Departemental Breton-exteriors

    by gwened Updated Feb 16, 2013

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    a museum tracing the history of Brittany and the department of Finistére, it is inside the old episcopal palace of Cornouaille, the most remarkable building after the Cathedral. It present a show of archeology,popular arts, and decoratives arts of Finistére.

    The opening hours are 9h to 12h30 and then 13h30 to 17h from January to may and then october. Also open Sundays from 14 to 17h. Open June, September every day from 9h to 18h, admission is 4€ free for those under 26 yrs old. and reduce to 2,50€ for those over 60 yrs old. A new thing that we took advantage of is that on weekends from october to may is free admission for all.

    It has wonderful treasures of Brittany inside, with a beautiful stairs and ceilings in neo gothic style. All is divided in themes, from pre history and antiquity, to popular Breton arts, furniture, ceramics, as faience of Quimper!! Many tables have hand touch exhibits whre you can actually touch the ancient vase ,pots, utensil etc. A magnificent room of Breton fashion , a must to see alone.

    Many temporary exhibitions like the Japan Brittany exhibit now until March 3 2013 with names of Brittany link to Japan art such as Henri Riviére, Auguste Lépére, Jacques Beltrand, Adolphe Beau-frére, Henri Guérard, Amédée Joyau, Prosper-Alphonse Isaac, Jules Chadel or Geo Fourrier. The French pioneers of watercolors in wood.

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    The Quimper Museum of Fine Arts

    by ExGuyParis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper

    Open every day except Tuesday, from 10h to 12h and from 14h to 18h

    This museum was created in 1864 thanks to the donation of the personal art collection of Count Jean-Marie de Silguy, a Quimper native. His condition related to his gift was that the town would build a museum to house the works. And so it was; the museum building opened in 1872.

    The permanent collection features many artists’ impressions of the Breton countryside, historical events, and local “heroes” (saints, artists, historical figures). For example, there are portraits and drawings of Quimper poet/artist Max Jacob done by almost 20 of his friends, including Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and Christopher Wood.

    The museum also hosts interesting temporary exhibits.

    Web site in French: if you dig in a bit, you can see photographs of the collection.

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    Terrific Art Museum in Quimper

    by Beausoleil Updated Feb 26, 2011

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    The Beech Room, Quimper Beaux Arts

    Here is my Journal entry for our visit to Beaux Arts in Quimper.

    Next we wandered across the square to the Musée des Beaux Arts where they were having an exposition of works by Jules Breton. It was a wonderful exhibit . . . particularly because they included studies he made for the various larger works. It gave you a hint of his thought processes so was quite exciting. I also saw the first painting by Fragonard that I’ve ever liked. Usually his works are too “precious” for my taste but this was quite bold.

    My favorite part of the musée was an amazing gallery that looks like it should be a library. The beechwood roof is barrel shaped; the metal trusses are exposed; the floor is empty except for a few sets of beech tables and chairs. The walls look like huge Breton murals but they are really a group of Lemordant paintings done for a hotel dining room. The paintings have been set into the walls, and the doors and openings were designed around the paintings. Openings that go nowhere are covered with Japanese style beech screens. The entire effect is very peaceful. You don’t want to leave.

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    See More Cathedral Treasures

    by hquittner Written Sep 3, 2007
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    There are still more objects to look at. For instance the pulpit has carved medallions illustrating the life and death of their . patron saint Corentin. Then there are a great number of stained glass windows including fine modern ones as well as statuary.

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    Find the King on His Horse

    by hquittner Written Sep 3, 2007
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    The statue of Good King Gradlon, the 6C founder of Quimper, is hard to locate on the West front of the Cathedral. Above the central door pediment are twotall and wide central windows. Capping these is a decorated pediment. Upon this is set the King on his horse, with the two lateral spired towers looking down on him.

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    The Church Has Many Other Treasures to Examine

    by hquittner Updated Aug 31, 2007
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    There is also fine 19C glass in each of the large transept windows, one with a Last Supper, the other commemorating 12 Breton Saints. There a many good statues of bishops as well as devotional figures, some used in processions and an Entombment. The pulpit has carving related to the patron Saint Corentin, a hermit of the 5C and first bishop who was miraculously fed by a fish who offered up its body periodically and then restored itself.

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    See the Interior Cathedral Structure

    by hquittner Written Aug 28, 2007

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    The nave is long and high. The triforium is also tall with an unusual trefoil heading decoration. The clerestory windows are tall wide and graceful with 15C stained glass. When we were there the choir and altar were sealed off by a painted scrim to keep elaborate restoration from interfering with services held in the nave.

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    See the Outside of the Cathedral

    by hquittner Written Aug 28, 2007
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    The Cathedral of Quimper is quite imposing when first seen with its two spire topped towers at its west side, erected in 1850 over a 1425 Flamboyant Gothic facade. The church itself was laboriously built over a period from 1240-1515. The sculptures and oter fine finishing are also 19C. Both the North and South sides have graceful presentations as well. The most "important " feature is the figure of Quimper's 5C founder, King Gradlon on a horse on the west facade, accompanied by a lion holding the Arms of Brittany.

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    Visit the Cathedral

    by ranger49 Updated Aug 27, 2007

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    This Gothic Cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th centuries which may explain why the Chancel is out of line with the Nave - immediately evident when entering by the main door and standing at the back of the church. I just about captured it on the first photograph here.

    The effect of light and colour from the high painted, vaulted ceiling, and the beautiful 15th century stained glass windows combine to create an impression of majestic loftiness and joy.

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    Odet River

    by lusti Written Mar 17, 2005

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    Quimper River

    You have to give about 15minutes to just sit and relax near to Odet River that flow through the city of Quimper. The river is so calm and nice, and clean too. Some people say that Quimper with Odet River is the mini Paris with Seine River.

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    Quimper-home of the pottery.

    by diosh Updated Jun 18, 2004

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    The beautiful town of Quimper is on the river Odet and can be reached by boat trip from Beg-Meil.They were celebrating an anniversary of the pottery when we were there and giant replicas of cups,saucers,teapots,etc.,were placed around the town in incongruous places:like the middle of the river,up the hillside,in the streets.The town is very hilly,but the views from the top of the highest hill is amazing.You could see the giant tea-cup in the river from up there.
    A visit to the pottery is a must.The distinctive style of the designs is delightful.

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