The old 'Prieuré' de Maurice Denis and its lush green landscape - Saint Germain Boucles de Seine
The old 'Prieuré' de Maurice Denis and its lush green landscape
The museum is still closed but, from June 5 to 20, it opens the doors of its garden free of charge and organizes various activities (plastic arts, storytelling, musical yoga ...).
The Musée départemental Maurice Denis hides a rich history in the maze of its vaulted corridors and gives pride of place to Symbolist and 'Les Nabis' painters, whose works will be revealed to you as you make your way through the museum.
Today listed as a 'Monument Historique', this imposing edifice, built in the late 17th century at the instigation of Madame de Montespan, was then a royal general hospital that provided care to the poor and needy. In 1914, the building was acquired by Maurice Denis, who already had a studio in its grounds. He renamed it 'Le Prieuré' and lived there with his family until his death.
The museum's early collection was formed from a generous donation by Denis' family in 1976. Since then, the collection has been enriched with numerous donations and acquisitions of works by Symbolist painters and 'Les Nabis' – a group of avant-garde, late 19th-century artists. So, works by Denis, depicting religious, family and intimist scenes and Italian and Breton landscapes, are exhibited alongside paintings by Sérusier, Bonnard, Ranson and Vuilliard – among other friends of the artist.
The museum sits in a terraced, hillside garden, which is an inviting place to stroll, with its varied landscapes and splendid botanical trail. Around the museum, one level, adorned with sculptures by Antoine Bourdelle – a close friend of the house's owner – is formed of a shady courtyard and a long terrace lined with hundred-year-old lime and yew trees. From there, you reach the rose walk and a huge outdoor theatre surrounded by large trees. Stretching out further down are an old orchard and kitchen garden adorned with a pool and fountain.
A wander through this peaceful garden will help you better understand the importance of nature in the painter's life and work.
Today, this garden space is the privileged setting for fine-art studios and open-air concerts.
Every day throughout the year.
Closed on Monday.
Wednesday to Friday: 10am–12.30pm / 2–5.30pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10am–12.30pm / 2–6.30pm
Closed from 31 July 2018. Reopening planned for the second half of 2020.
- Access to collections and / or temporary exhibitions:
• Full price: € 6
• Reduced price: € 4
over 60 years old, large families, groups of more than 10 people, 18-25 years old, people with disabilities
• Free :
under 18, teachers, beneficiaries of minimum social benefits, guides for groups and people with disabilities, tour guides, journalists, active CD78 agents and their spouses.
For everyone every first Sunday of the month.
Other reductions: Malin Pass, Paris Museum Pass
• Guided tour, from 10 participants, € 8 per person - entrance fees included
• Free visit, from 10 participants, € 4 per person.
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