Calvet museum








Victor Martin Room (audioguide) ligne

The collection of modern art at the Calvet museum comes primarily from two significant donations. The first donation was made in 1946-1947 by Emile Joseph¬Rignault (1874-1962). It included nearly one hundred works reflecting different influences in Parisian painting during the 1860-1930 period. The Emile Joseph-Rignault donation endowed the museum with five magnificent paintings by Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943), one of the main Expressionist figures from the 1920’s. Victor Martin (1913-1988) also left a significant bequest. In 1987, he endowed the museum with twenty-nine paintings, sculptures and art objects. With this gift, the museum acquired a remarkable ensemble which included paintings by Auguste Chabaud, Mathieu Verdilhan, René Seyssaud and Pierre Ambrogiani. Madame Albert Gleizes in 1977, André Bourdil in 1978, Laure Garcin in 1981.

Les Arènes de Nîmes
Auguste Chabaud. Inv. 24150

In 2002, the Calvet Foundation acquired an important painting by American artist Joe Downing, who long lived in Ménerbes, and died in 2007.
Very recently, Maryse Gandolfo gave the museum the Portrait of Maryse as an Arlésienne by Pierre Ambrogiani, her companion.



Art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissanceligne

These two rooms will hold part of the rich medieval and Renaissance collections that include paintings, sculptures and art objects assembled by the Calvet Foundation over the previous two centuries.
Several outstanding pieces will be highlighted: the 13th¬century crosier belonging to the Abbot of Senanque, the tomb of the Maréchal de la Palice (16th century), the 17th¬century mantelpiece from the mansion of the Ducs de Crillon.
Three tapestries from the Puech donation will complete the exceptional ensemble.



Gold work: the Marcel Puech Cabinetligne



These treasures made in gold constitute the very heart of the collection given by Marcel Puech in 1986. Marcel Puech, an antique dealer born in the small village of Saint Izaire in the Aveyron, had forged a priceless collection of gold works which included extremely rare Spanish gold works. The essential of his collection is displayed here.


Méridienne ligne



This room most probably was created during the last renovation work done in this Villeneuve-Martignan mansion prior to the French Revolution. It attests to the taste at the time for highly refined bucolic decor in stucco and plaster. The room is embellished with objects representative of the neoclassical (1750-1820) taste for “going back to Roman times”. Note a painting on a pleasant subject by Hubert Robert, deposited by the Louvre: “Tant va la cruche à l’eau...”


The Garden ligne



With help from the Calvet Foundation, the garden is currently being renovated, and will soon look as it did in the 18th century, with its pool and fountain.
In summertime, the garden serves as a very popular venue for readings during the Festival d’Avignon.


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