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THE COLLECTION


Middle Ages and Renaissance
Jacques Doucet's last heirs were his great nephew, Jean Angladon and his wife Paulette Martin, both artists and art lovers themselves, who then also became collectors. Two rooms hold the works acquired by the donors as of 1968. Paulette Martin's taste for religious art led her to purchase two medieval sculptures which are shown among the Renaissance furnishings and portraits, and 17th century paintings.

 
17th century
The red room displays a group of works from the 17th century - a still life by Pierre Dupuis, a large painting of the Last Supper by an anonymous artist, a genre scene by Van der
Lamen, a landscape from the Franckental School, and, among the period furniture, a two-piece buffet attributed to Pierre Sambin.


 
18th century

Chardin, Joseph Vernet, Hubert Robert, Sir Thomas Lawrence



"Intoxicated" with the 18th century discovered in visiting Degas' collection, Jacques Doucet willingly collected 18th century art, going along with the taste of Parisian society whose recognition he sought. He created an outstanding collection, and the works remaining at the Angladon museum testify to the quality - paintings, drawings, signed furniture (Jacob, Tillard, Lelarge...) and many art objects.



19e siècle

By visiting Degas' studio and through his first purchases from Degas (Dancers and Woman Ironing), Jacques Doucet got to know the Impressionists, whose work he admired all his life.
Such major works as Still Life with Pitcher by Cezanne, painted at the famous Doctor Gachet's house in Auvers sur Oise , Railroad Cars by Van Gogh, painted in Arles in August 1888, and Door Ajar by Vuillard, which Doucet discovered in Paris in the early 20th century, were kept totally private inside the family. Doucet's donations to the Louvre, such as The Snake Charmer by Douanier Rousseau, On the Beach by Manet certainly hinted at the fact that he possessed such significant masterpieces. Daumier is represented by a luminous study of Sancho Panchez for Don Quixote in the mountains (New York, private collection).

Through his work outdoors in the Fontainebleau forest, Narcisse Diaz broke ground that the impressionist landscape painters would investigate further, as seen in the extremely lovely example of Snow in Louveciennes by Sisley in 1874. The easel and antique frame remind us that this canvas was placed in the middle of Jacques Doucet's rich collection of 18thc. Works. The Rabbit by Manet was also placed among the works by Chardin, announcing Doucet's new orientations as he turned away from antique art toward contemporary art in 1912, though he kept several works (see upper floor).

 

20e siècle

The Picasso, Modigliani, Foujita, Derain, Forain Room
Behind glass : water-colours and gouaches by Picasso :
- Rêverie, Contemplation, Self-portrait, bear witness to the years the artist was settled in Paris. Picasso developed original art characterised by the Demoiselles d'Avignon (which stayed in the Doucet-Dubrujeaud family until it was sold in New York in 1937).
- Harlequin (1915) and two cubist Still Life (1919 and 1920).
These works, just next to the magnificent Portrait of a Woman (1919) by Modigliani and the Portraits on Gold Leaves (1917) by Foujita express the importance of the Paris School during the years 1900-1920, a period rich in contacts between artists and writers. Jacques Doucet's fortune and artistic prescience played a decisive role in this artistic milieu, where he was a generous benefactor and followed the artists' advice, making some bold acquisitions.
The art deco seat by Legrain crystallises the importance of African art, represented by 3 masks from the Paul Guillaume collection.
Qualifié de "Magicien" par l'écrivain André Suarès, Jacques Doucet se révéla, dès 1913, un grand découvreur de talents encourageant et aidant les jeunes artistes peintres ou écrivains. La création de la bibliothèque littéraire fut une aventure partagée avec les jeunes auteurs de son temps tels que Max Jacob, Blaise Cendrars, Louis Aragon ou André Breton. Ce dernier, nommé bibliothécaire, introduisit Jacques Doucet auprès des milieux d'avant-garde provoquant ainsi des rencontres éclairées entre le mécène parisien et des artistes comme Picasso, Picabia ou Duchamp.

The artists' studio

The recreation of Paulette Martin and Jean Angladon-Dubrujeaud's permet de rendre hommage aux artistes donateurs. Dès leur rencontre à l'Ecole des Beaux Arts d'Avignon ils partagent leur passion pour l'art et s'engagent dans la vie artistique de la ville. Leurs carrières seront ainsi jalonnées par les expositions des différents groupes d'artistes régionaux. Ils furent également tous deux reconnus pour leur talent de graveurs et participèrent à l'illustration de nombreux ouvrages.


Oriental cabinet

Porcelain with "green family" décor (detail)
The 18th century's fascination with the Orient is seen in the taste for porcelain and also in the curiosity for rare or unusual objects. As the perfect art lover, Jacques Doucet was extremely demanding in the acquisitions he made of high quality Far Eastern art. Examples are the Tang medallion, the Buddha on silk. Paulette Martin pursued this collection with the Dancer from the Tang period.

 

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