The entry fee to visit the Fabre Museum is seven euros for the permanent collection, a paltry sum given its richness and the major works it contains. It is an important player in the French and European museum landscape, and a cultural highpoint in Montpellier, founded by local painter François-Xavier Fabre.
Rubens, David, Corot, Delacroix, Ingres, Cabanel, Courbet, Matisse, Delaunay, Stael, and Valadon right through to Pierre Soulages are on exhibition here. Accessible to all, their works are arranged in smartly designed themed tours, making it easy even for children, formalised by the museum's offerings of “family tours”.
Take time over the elegant and enveloping 19th-century rooms, immerse yourself in the Orientalism of Delacroix, and succumb to the beauty of his Women of Algiers. Do not resist the dizzying colour patterns in the brilliant canvases of Matisse and Delaunay, and get caught up in the ultimate nuance: the intriguing large black format works of Pierre Soulages presented in a new exhibition space of textured glass.
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