Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice (Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules Chéret) is an art museum in Nice that is housed in a Neo-renaissance mansion, the former private mansion of Russian Princess Elizaveta Vasilievna Kochubey built in 1878. Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules Chéret houses a collection of art spanning the past four centuries but focuses on works by French artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum is also home to Louise Catherine Breslau's Self-Portrait Collection.
I was quite shocked to discover such a random and basically mediocre collection in what purports to be a national museum. The paint is flaking off the walls and ceilings and there is a general air of abandonment, though it should be said they are doing paint scrapes to research the colours for renovations. It seems odd that with so many rich people in Nice and floating past on their yachts (some of which contain better pictures that the museum) there seems to have been no attempt to engage with these people as part of an acquisitions policy. For a museum that has been in existence for almost 100 years it should have a much more extensive collection. There are about 6 beautiful pictures which make a visit worthwhile but overall a big disappointment
Visited on Monday, September 27, 2021
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