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Small Personal Museums – Paris

For part six in our series of small personal museums (inspired by Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence), we revisit Paris and share some of our own favorites.

Musée Zadkine, Paris

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Through the window’s reflections appears the spirit of Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967). Room after room, window after window, the sculptures from the atelier, the trees from the garden and the faces of the paintings on the wall mix in the warm afternoon light. An emotional visit in a place occupied for 40 years by one of the most important artists in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century.

Musée-atelier Zadkine, 100 bis rue d’Assas. 75 006 Paris. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Vavin.

Musée Delacroix, Paris

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In the middle of busy Downtown Paris, this museum has the atmosphere of a small town in France. Recently renovated, this garden faithfully replicates the one that Delacroix created when he first moved in and where he died in 1863. The museum-atelier is a kind of memorial and  intimate place that palpably encapsulates one of the most important French artist’s creative spirit.

Musée-atelier Eugène Delacroix, 6, rue de Furstenberg. 75006 Paris. Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Près, Mabillon.

Musée Héner, Paris

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In the 1880s, the artist Jean-Jacques Héner’s atelier was well known by the richest Americans. He was a figure of the Parisian high-life and one of the most fashionable French painters of his time. In his sumptuous hôtel-particulier, Héner welcomed dukes, princes, billionaires and artists to paint their portraits. Completely renovated, the museum reflects the taste and the magnificence of the Parisian chic at the end of 19th century.

Musée-atelier Jean-Jacques Héner, 43 avenue de Villiers, Paris 75017. Métro: malesherbes, Monceau, Wagram.

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