Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille

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    Visit the Art Gallery

    by ranger49 Updated Jul 7, 2009

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    Lille's main art gallery, the Beaux Arts Museum, is said to be second only to the Louvre in Paris.
    The interior of the building is light and spacious and - unlike the Louvre - uncrowded so you can move easily through the galleries which show European art from the 15th to the 20th century, including important works by Reubens, Van Dyck, Goya, Delacroix, Pradier and Rodin.

    Afterwards relax in the delightful cafe overlooking the unusual water feature in the courtyard and the mirrored extermal walls of the extension!

    We did not have time during our few days in Lille to visit the Museum of Modern which has works by Picasso, Braque, Laurens, Modigliani, Miro and Derain.
    One of many good reasons to make a return visit!

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    Good Collection, Poorly Presented

    by JohnnySpangles Written Jan 28, 2008

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    Stroppy bouncers in the Sculpture Gallery

    One of the few 'must-sees' in Lille. Supposedly France's second biggest gallery (although I'd say the Musee d'Orsay is bigger). Bet you can't guess which is the biggest. Lot of Dutch paintings (too many) but given how close Lille is to The Netherlands it is understandable. Items of note: Courbets, El Grecos, a wonderful Chardin, Monets, Redons, Rodins...worth seeing but the gallery really needs a makeover. The temporary exhibition that was on when was I there was poor. Needs a really good curator with a few quid to spend.

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    Palais des Beaux Arts

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 15, 2004

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    Palais des Beaux Arts

    The museum of Fine Arts is one of the richest musea of the region and the second most important of France (after the Louvre).
    It is housed in a beautiful 19th century building that overlooks the Place de la République.

    In this museum you will discover paintings from European painters (Rubens, Picasso), as well as sculptures and ceramics.

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    Palais des Beaux Arts

    by sue_stone Updated Sep 19, 2004

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    Palais des Beaux Arts

    The Palais des Beaux Arts is France's second museum after the Louvre.

    It is renowned for its fabulous art collection, that was originally bought to Lille under order from Napoleon.

    Unfortunately we did not have the time to visit the museum, but will ensure we do if we get the chance to go back to Lille one day.

    A must for art lovers!

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    Musée des Beaux Arts

    by Mahieu Written Aug 12, 2004

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    The Fine Arts Museum was built between 1889 and 1892 and is one of the finest art galleries in Europe. It houses an important collection of paintings from Rubens to Picasso and also has a fine collection of Spanish paintings. I especially liked the sculpture section and the display of old relief maps of regional fortified towns. In front of the museum, there's a nice fountain with a small park. The inner courtyard is very spectacular. A glazen 'wall' reflects beautifully the old facade of the building.

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    PALAIS DES BEAUX ARTS - FINE ARTS MUSEUM

    by mel_bee Written Mar 27, 2004
    The Palace with fountains

    This beautiful building from the 19th century is in Place de la Republique. It has many paintings, sculptures and ceramics and is seen as France's second most important museum. At the moment there is a special Rubens exhibition for the year of culture.
    Open everyday except Tuesdays (Monday in the afternoon only).

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    Palais des Beaux Arts

    by wanderlust23 Written Sep 8, 2002

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    This museum was beautiful in that it was housed in a great palace. The architecture was really interesting. While I was there, the museum had a Berthe Morisot exhibit, displaying the works of one of only two women to exhibit with the Impressionists. The museum also has exhibits including Rubens, Goya, and Delacroix.

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    MUSÉE DES BEAUX ARTS ET DE LA...

    by funkymama Written Aug 25, 2002

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    MUSÉE DES BEAUX ARTS ET DE LA DENTELLE.
    A collection of sculptures from the XIXth.and the XXth. century and paintings from the XVIth to the XXth. centuries has been built around Rodin's models for his famous monument depicting the Burghers of Calais. Lace and lace making.

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    Second biggest museum of France

    by wandeljp Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Palais des Beaux Arts

    Second biggest museum of France

    De très riches collections y sont exposées...à suivre

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    Museum visits

    by Seboh Written Sep 21, 2005

    Many good museums around the area with this place coming next after the Lourve. Unfortunately not many staffs spoke English to compensate with my limited French.

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