Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux
History and museums
The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux is the fine arts museum of the city of Bordeaux, France. Established in 1801 by the painter Pierre Lacour, it is one of the largest art galleries of France outside Paris. The museum is housed in a dependency of the Palais Rohan in central Bordeaux. Its collections regroup paintings, sculptures and drawings. The painting collection is the largest one and its strong points are works by French and Dutch painters. The museum holds several paintings that were looted by the French during the French revolution (so-called 'saisies révolutionnaires') and were never returned to their lawful owners such as the Martyrdom of Saint Georges by Peter Paul Rubens.
In 2009, plans for a new museum building designed by David Chipperfield were launched. Originally due to open in 2018, the €55 million project was later pushed back until 2020. The expansion was necessary not least because more space is required to take up a promised donation of 663 works by Tsuguharu Foujita.
Here is a list of some of the painters represented in the museum collections: