15 Best Things to Do in Quimper (France)

2. Musée des Beaux-Arts

Musée des Beaux-Arts

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Musée des Beaux-Arts

Much of what greets you at Quimper’s Fine Arts Museum belonged to one man, Jean-Marie de Silguy, who donated more than a thousand works in 1864 on the proviso that the city built a museum in which to display them.

There’s an emphasis on French school paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries, so that’s the likes of Lubin Baugin, Carl van Loo, Fragonard and Pierre Bignard.

But Silguy also had some Dutch and Flemish art, by masters like Rubens, Breughel the Younger and Jacob Jordaens.

There’s a room for the 20th-century Quimper-native Max Jacob, s a writer and artist who moved in the same circles as Jean Cocteau and Picasso, and there are some pieces by these artists along with his own works.

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