Musée des Beaux-arts, Tournai

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The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Tournai, Belgium, is an art museum.
The inception of the museum was in the beginning of the 20th century when Henri Van Cutsem, a Belgian art collector, offered his collection to the city of Tournai in 1905. The collection contained important works of important 19th century French painters like Manet, Monet, Seurat and others.
The Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta started drafting a new building that would contain the Van Cutsem donation and other holdings already owned by the city of Tournai but the First World War intervened and construction was delayed. Horta abandoned his first designs made in a typical Art Nouveau style. The building that finally opened in 1928 is executed in a more classical and linear style typically for the work of Horta in the post-war period (cf. Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Brussels).
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  • I'd go a long way for a Bruegel of this quality, and there were two. Plus a number of other delightful paintings by artists I'd never heard of. A happy experience.  more »
  • Much of the collection on display was dedicated to the Belgian artist Louis Gallait. There were also a couple of nice Manet paintings, along with assorted other artist drawings, painting sculpture...  more »
  • Small. One of the most important early Netherlandish painters, Rogier van de Weyden, was born in Tournai, and this museum owns two of his paintings, but on the day I visited they were not on display!
  • Must see the masterpieces and the flying hyppo. It is a small gallery but if you go around the museums in the city (it is like five of them) it is a good stop. See the picture of blessing to Filip the second and try to find out something about the people in the picture. It was very interesting.

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