Best of Paris: 5 Artist Homes and Studios You Can Visit

Paris is home to a small but rich collection of museums that were once private residences and studios of artists. Here is our selection!

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Musée Bourdelle

Why visit Musée Bourdelle?

This former studio and residence of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, assistant and disciple of Rodin, houses a number of massive bronze sculptures and maquettes. The museum is an unusual quiet space tucked away on a small street in between brick houses and the usual busy Montparnasse area. The three lovely sculpture gardens add to its charm with a flavour of belle époque Montparnasse.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

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Where: Musée Bourdelle, 18, rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays and public holidays
Tariff: Free access to the permanent collections
More information: Visit Musée Bourdelle’s website here

Photo © Prashansa Poddar for Urban Mishmash

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Musée Zadkine

Why visit Musée Zadkine?

This beautiful oasis in the middle of Pais is filled with the works of Russian cubist sculptor, Ossip Zadkine, who worked and lived here from 1928 to 1967. With its beautiful garden, pigeonholes and a petit one-floor house, a visit to this museum is an extraordinary cultural experience in Paris not far away from the Jardin du Luxembourg.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Where: Musée Zadkine, 100 bis, rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris
Tariff: Free access to permanent collection
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
More information: Visit Musée Zadkine’s website here

Photo © Pierre LANNES (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

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Musée National Eugène Delacroix

Why visit Musée National Eugène Delacroix?

This quaint piece of heaven in one of the most charming streets of Paris was the home and studio of artist Eugène Delacroix until his death in 1863. You would find a collection of his oil paintings, watercolours, pastels and drawings. A beautiful garden adds to the charm of this romantic space, which the artist described in one of his journals as: “My apartment is decidedly charming… Woke up the next day to see the most gracious sun on the houses opposite my window. The view of my little garden and the cheerful appearance of my studio always make me happy.

If you are also visiting Louvre, the tickets to Louvre’s permanent collection are also valid for the museum on the same day. Apart from the Louvre, the artist’s works can be found at the Musée d’Orsay and the frescoes of Eglise Saint-Sulpice.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION 

Where: Musée national Eugène Delacroix, 6 rue de Furstenberg, 75006 Paris
Timings: Wednesday to Monday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Closed on Tuesdays
Tariff: €7
More information: Visit Musée Eughttp://www.musee-delacroix.fr/en/

Photo © Allison Meier (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

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Musée National Gustave Moreau

Why visit Musée National Gustave Moreau?

The idea of converting his residence and studio into a museum was conceived by symbolist artist, Gustave Moreau, himself. Upon his death, Moreau bequeathed over 4,000 drawings, 1,200 paintings, and hundreds of watercolours, along with all the objects in the house to France.

The current layout of the museum respects the original design of the artist and is filled with hundreds of his paintings, watercolours, drawings. The first floor contains an intimate collection of family portraits and souvenirs as well as some striking Louis XVI furniture. The second and third floors feature his largescale artworks and are linked by a stunning spiral staircase. Particular highlights are Jupiter et Séméle, L’apparition, Les Chimères and Les Filles de Thespius. The museum was famously ‘haunted’ by André Breton who regarded Moreau as a precursor of surrealism and dreamt of breaking into it at night with a lantern.

Located at the foot of Montmartre in the 9th district of Paris, you can visit this amazing posthumous museum at a reduced tariff by presenting a Musée d’Orsay, Palais Garnier or Musée National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet (MNAAG) ticket and vice versa in the week following your original visit.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Where: Musée national Gustave Moreau, 14 rue de La Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris
Timings: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (10 am to 12:45 pm, 2 pm to 5:15 pm), Friday, Saturday, Sunday (10 am to 5:15 pm, without interruption). Closed Tuesdays.
Tariff: €5 (Full), €3 (Reduced)
More Information: Visit Musée Gustave Moreau’s website here.

Photo © Corinne Moncelli (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) via Flickr

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Atelier Brancusi

Visit Atelier Brancusi

Atelier Brancusi is a reconstruction of the studio that Romanian sculptor, Constantin Brancusi, occupied in the 15th arrondisement of Paris. The atelier contains some 137 sculptures in stone and wood, 87 pedestals, 41 drawings, 2 paintings and more than 1,600 photographic glass plates and original photos by the artist. An interesting side trip when visiting Centre Pompidou, entry to the atelier is free.    

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Where: Atelier Brancusi – Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris Timings: Open all days except Tuesdays (2 pm to 6 pm)
Tariff: Free for all
More Information: Visit Centre Pompidou’s website here.

Photo © THOR (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

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