Jacquemart-Andre Museum

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This particular mansion is an extraordinary witness of this Parisian aristocratic life of the 19th century.

The Jacquemart-André mansion

The Jacquemart-André mansion is located in the ”new” Parisian place of the Monceau plain.
The imperial aristocracy decided to settle down in that location after the architectural reconstruction of the district and completely rethought by the famous prefect Hausmman.

The facade on Boulevard Haussmann, framed by two pavilions, is punctuated by pilasters and has a rounded central fore-body, according to a disposition inspired by the Petit Trianon of the Château de Versailles.
The beauty of the location on Boulevard Hausmann is unique.

It was in 1869 that Edouard André, heir to a fortune, bought a piece of land on which his mansion was built.
It will be transformed into a museum in 1913 after the death of his wife Nélie Jacquemart.

Since then, all Jacquemart-André’s private lounges and collections are visible and accessible all year round.

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A special immersion in the aristocratic universe

This particular mansion is an extraordinary witness of this Parisian aristocratic life of the 19th century.

By entering the Jacquemart-André Museum for the first time, imaginary images of Proustian aristocratic figures come to mind.
By giving free rein to his imagination it’s possible to see aristocratic society evolving in different rooms.

There is no reference to this place, either in the private life of Marcel Proust or in that of the narrator of his novel ” La recherche du temps perdu ”.
The author wrote so many scenes about aristocratic life in Paris that the link could be done immediatly.

He certainly would have liked to be invited by the Jacquemart-André couple.

On the occasion of the great evenings organized by Monsieur André we can imagine the greatest celebrities of fashion.
Elegant duchesses, princesses and comtessess wirling around in the large living room but also in the music room and the splendid winter garden.

One can find a great resemblance to the private mansion of the collector Henri Clay Frick and his mansion located in the heart of New York.

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The entrance of the museum Jacquemart-André


The Grand Salon

It was in the large drawing-room that Mr. Edouard André could welcome thousands of guests when he organized his big parties.
The large drawing-room, the music-room, being no more than a single room for receptions and balls.

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The Grand salon

The music room

The decoration brings together from the beginning furniture and decorative objects from the 18th century.
The music room is a jewel of the second empire style with its walls of red stretched fabric, dark wood furniture and painted ceilings.
On the ceiling, an Apollo protector of the arts illustrates the spirit of the place.


The Music Room

The winter garden and its monumental staircase

The winter garden is certainly the most impressive piece.
A characteristic of Napoleon III style in the art of receiving.


The Winter Garden with mirors

The staircase is decorated with marble, stone but also iron and bronze.
An Italian fresco from Tiepolo, bought in Italy by Jacquemart-André, decorates the ensemble.


The double staircase

A magnificent canopy reveals sculptures, mirrors, green plants and a beautiful double-staircase.

The canopy and the Cornice

The dining room

Today it has become a tea room very popular with the Parisians.
The ceiling is also decorated with a very beautiful fresco by Tiepolo.


The dining room now open as tea room and café restaurant

The Jacquemart-André Collection

The spouses accumulated an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures as well as woodwork, fireplaces, tapestries, frescoes and ceilings throughout their journeys to Italy and the Near East.

We will focus on one special Rembrandt painting ”The Pilgrims of Emmaus”.
A very simple portrait of Christ with a simple light and shadows. It gives great mystery to the scene.

A representation of Christ that reveals his identity to two disciples encountered after his resurrection.
The scene takes place in the small village of Emmaus near Jerusalem.
A second painting by the painter on the same theme is exhibited at the Musée du Louvre.


”The Pilgrims of Emmaus”



Temporary exhibitions throughout the year

Actually De Zurbaran à Roth a collection from Alicia Kollowitz.

A ticket for the temporary exhibition gives access to the private apartments of spouses Jacquemart-André.



4 responses to “Jacquemart-Andre Museum”

  1. A fan of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the Henry Clay Frick Museum in NYC, I was amazed to discover the Musée Jacquemart-André with the wonderful guide to unique artistic spots in Paris, Frédéric Leloup.
    From walking up the gravel entry way, I was hooked. The light falling into this beautiful space is marvelous. Astounding little gems are everywhere. Look up and there is a Giovanni Della Robbia roundel. Cool Rembrandts stand in shadowed corners. Botticelli. You do not want to miss this.

  2. A wonderful mansion, with lots of great “moments,” indeed, epitomized by the unique curved Tiepolo fresco celebrating the French king’s arrival in Venice, as well as the wonderful Tiepolo ceiling fresco in the dining room. That said, there are lots more fakes than masterpieces in this museum, which gives us a lot of insight into how the rich were conned by the dealers in the 19thC. The mansion itself is beautiful, but not nearly as exquisite as the nearby Nissim Camondo Museum, the most superb tribute to the architecture and decorative arts of 18thC France outside Versailles itself. And the Frick Collection, as well as the Wallace, except for the Tiepolos, are much, much richer in masterpieces than this place. No comparison. Still, it’s delightful to spend a couple of hours savoring the nearby Nissim Camondo in the morning, then have a delightful lunch in the Jacquemart-Andre tea room, followed by an hour or two exploring its rooms and art, especially if you’ve got Proust under your belt to imagine the place in its glory with.

  3. Thanks for your comments Fred.
    Of course if you want to compare with the renoveted Camondo museum or Frick Collection (my favorite musuem in the world) it’s difficult.
    That musuem is just the place you want to live. I recommand you to come one night lo listen a concert with few people in the music room closed to winter garden, we could talk simply about our feelings with a long glass of champagne.
    Could be nice !
    My best regards

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