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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.

    Address: 40, place Saint-Corentin

    Directions: across from la cathédrale Saint-Corentin

    Phone: 02.98.95.45.20

    Corot in Quimper

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    Terrific Art Museum in Quimper

    by Beausoleil Updated Feb 26, 2011

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    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.

    Address: 29000 Quimper in Place Laennec

    Directions: Place Laennec in "Old Town" Quimper

    Phone: 33 (0)2 98 95 45 20

    Website: http://www.musee-beauxarts.quimper.fr/htdocs/home.htm

    The Beech Room, Quimper Beaux Arts
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    See More Cathedral Treasures

    by hquittner Written Sep 3, 2007

    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.

    Medallion on Pulpit Modern Glass (M. Denis?) St. Corentin ( I think) Bishop's tomb
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    Find the King on His Horse

    by hquittner Written Sep 3, 2007

    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.

    The King on his horse Another View Between the Towers
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    The Church Has Many Other Treasures to Examine

    by hquittner Updated Aug 31, 2007

    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.

    Last Supper Transept Window (detail) Memorial 12 Breton Saints Transept Window St. Corentin's Pulpit Processional Figure (Santik Du?) Saintly Memorial
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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.

    Nave View The Elaborate Triforium Clerestory Windows More Clerestory Windows West  End: Grand English Organ (18C?)
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    See the Outside of the Cathedral

    by hquittner Written Aug 28, 2007

    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.

    West Front Entire South Porch North Side Lower West Front Close-up of Pediment West Front
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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.

    Address: Cathedral Church of Saint Corentin, Quimper

    Directions: The twin spires of the Cathedral can be seen as you enter the city by the road running along the River Odet and they will lead you to it and into the Old Town

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    Odet River

    by lusti Written Mar 17, 2005

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    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.

    Address: At the heart of Quimper

    Quimper 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.

    Address: Allees des Locmaria-faience factory

    Directions: a walk alongside the river(Westwards).

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    A Paean to Pottery

    by ExGuyParis Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Musée de la Faïence
    14, rue Jean-Baptiste Bousquet
    29000 Quimper

    Open Monday through Saturday from 10h00 to 18h00. Closed Sundays.

    If you are a fan of Faïence pottery, you will love this museum. The history of the pottery is presented, from its birth in 1699 to the present. There is also a gift shop where you can get some Faïence to call your own.

    Address: 14, rue Jean-Baptiste Bousquet

    Directions: From the cathedral: the museum is on the opposite side of the river, about 1 km away

    Phone: 02 98 90 12 72

    Quimper Fa��ence

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    Inside La Cathédrale Saint-Corentin

    by ExGuyParis Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    An intensive restoration took place from 1989 to 1999 to return the interior of Saint-Coretin to its 15th Century look.. Gothic churches were typically painted in striking colors-- they were not the cold, gray places we often see today. In Saint-Coretin you now experience the glories of a colorful, vibrant, shimmering cathedral.

    Today, Alive With Color
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    Half timbered buildings

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 18, 2015

    Quimper is in the Bretagne area of France..and has many lovely half timbered buildings. Timber framing method used for thousands of years.. There are many styles.

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    Cathedral of St Corentin

    by alectrevor Updated Nov 11, 2014

    Corentin was the first Bishop of Quimper. The construction of the cathedral was commissioned in 1239. The twin spires of the gothic building dominate the skyline.

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    Old houses at the old city of Quimper

    by lusti Written Mar 17, 2005

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    If you go to Quimper, you have to visit Quimper's old city. Beside of there are a lot of interesting small shops, the houses are pretty.

    Directions: Old city of Quimper

    Old houses at Quimper
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