French 19th century painting, granet, ingres, provençale painting

The museum has a major collection of 19th century works, of which the best known is probably the famous large-format work by Ingres.

Jupiter and Thetis - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780 – 1867), Jupiter and Thetis, 1811 (oil on canvas, 324 x 260 cm) - © Photo H. Maertens

Works from the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries include Portrait of a Young Boy by David, and an entire room devoted to the paintings of François-Marius Granet. Largely given over to the Aix-born painter’s Roman period, it is organised around the portrait of the painter F.M. Granet by his friend Ingres. Granet used landscapes, one of his favourite subjects, to meditate on the decline and oblivion into which civilisations fall. The Provençal School is represent by its leading figures, including L’Engalière and Loubon.

Among the museum’s leading works are Jupiter and Thetis by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, and rare paintings by Duqueylard, such as the Songe d’Ossian.