Old masters to admire in The South of France for Art Lovers

1) Musée Calvet

A museum with an impressive and diverse collection, in a majestic 18th-century city palace. Here you can see prehistoric objects, sculptures, Egyptian and Islamic art, goldwork, porcelain, and much more. Plenty of fascinating discoveries await in the old masters galleries, including works by some lesser-known artists. Keep an eye out for the pipe smoker by Cornelis Dusart (c. 1690), an almost surrealistic Calvary scene by Jan van Noordt (c. 1650) and a striking nude titled La Mort de Joseph Bara, a martyr of the French Revolution, by Jacques-Louis David (1793). The museum also has a handful of magnificent works from the 1920s by Chaïm Soutine – landscapes and his signature twisting, distorted portraits – as well as a few good paintings by the Provence expressionist Auguste Chabaud.

exterior of the Musée Calvet in Avignon

65 rue Joseph Vernet 84000, Avignon, Vaucluse

+33 (0)4 90 86 33 84


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