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Musee de la Vie Romantique: Small Museums With Huge Appeal

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This museum was once the home of the artist of Dutch descent, Ary Scheffer (1795-1858).

In 1830 he moved into this house in the neighborhood that is called Nouvelle Athenes. In the early 1800's, there began a flurry of construction in areas of the city which had been severely impacted or neglected during the time of the French Revolution. Nouvelle Athenes is a small area just South of Montmartre, consisting of homes that were constructed between the years of 1820 and 1850, in a Greco-Roman style.

During the 1830s, Ary Sheffer's Friday night salon at his home and atelier, was buzzing with creativity. Writers, poets, philosophers, composers, painters all convened here to talk about the things that mattered most to them. Who might have been in attendance on any given Friday evening? Frederic Chopin, Eugene Delacroix, Ingres, Turgenev, and the baroness in mens' pants, George Sand (born Amadine Aurore Lucile Dupin), might be present.

The home contains many items which once belonged to George Sand, a prominent figure in the artistic community of the time. She was know for her writing. She was known for her lovers. Frederic Chopin was among them. She liked to smoke and wear mens clothing, which was unprecedented female behaviour.

If you come to this museum, you may stand in the room which was Ary Scheffer's atelier, where he painted. Not only can you imagine what it must have been like, this meetingplace of writers and artists, but you can view a painting of what it was like exactly. The German cousin of Ary Scheffer, Arie Johannes Lamme has left us with a beautiful oil on canvas...I won't tell you more about it, you'll have to come and see for yourself.

P.S. In the summer you can have tea in the garden.

Musee de la Vie Romantique
16, rue Chaptal
9th Arrondisement
Closed Mondays
Metro: Saint-Georges, Pigalle, Blanche, Liege

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