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Visitors are treated to a comprehensive collection of works by Europe’s finest artists from the 13th century to the present day.
Europe’s schools of artistic expression are represented by major collections from France, Italy, Flanders and Holland which include pieces by Tintoret, Pérugin, Véronèse, Rembrandt, Pierre-Paul Rubens and Jacob Jordaens. There are also exceptional works from Germany and Spain. There are works by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Théodore Géricault, Eugène Delacroix and Gustave Courbet. There are also some wonderful pieces by painters from Lyon, including Fleury Richard, Pierre Révoil, Hippolyte Flan¬drin and Louis Janmot.
Other works from the major currents of European pictorial art include Impressionists and avant-gardists from the end of that century and pieces by Edouard Manet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. "Nave nave Mahana" - ‘delicious days’ in Maori – is a masterpiece by Paul Gauguin.
The XXI century collections bring together masterpieces by Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Nicolas de Staël, Pierre Bonnard and Jean Dubuffet, and in 1997 a legacy by the actress and passionate collector Jaqueline Delubac resulted in the addition of works by Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon, thus transforming Lyon’s Fine Arts Museum into one of Europe’s most prestigious museums of modern art.