This cosy museum houses a collection put together in the early 1900s by La Samaritaine founder Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jay. They stuck mainly to 18th-century French works, focusing on rococo artists such as Watteau, Fragonard, Boucher, Greuze and pastellist Quentin de la Tour, though some English artists (Reynolds, Romney, Lawrence) and Dutch and Flemish names (an early Rembrandt, Ruysdael, Rubens), plus Canalettos and Guardis, have managed to slip in. Pictures are displayed in panelled rooms with furniture, porcelain, tapestries and sculpture of the same period.
The museum was fully renovated in 2015, with input from the fashion designer Christian Lacroix.
|Venue name:||Musée Cognacq-Jay|
8 rue Elzévir
|Opening hours:||10am-6pm Tue-Sun|
|Price:||Permanent collection free - Prices for temporary exhibitions vary|
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