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A secret address in Paris: the Musée de la Vie Romantique

The exhibition « Literary Salons », planned to last until the 15th of September 2019, is a golden occasion to rediscover the Musée de la Vie Romantique, in Paris.

Symbolizing the golden age of romanticism, in Paris, during the second part of the 19th century, the former homestead of Dutch painter Ary Scheffer is located in « La Nouvelle Athènes ». A district in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, that was perceived as the « Republic of arts and literature » at its time, is the setting of charming pavilion evoking the memory of George Sand and her friends.

Celebrating romantic life in Paris

Hotbed of inspiration for artists and philosophers, its museum, renovated by decorator Jacques Garcia, features many souvenirs of writer friends, George Sand and Ernest Renan. On two levels, the bourgeois salons are testimony of a carefree art of living, reflected in the paintings, sculptures, furniture and precious jewelry pieces stemming from the property of Nohant, in the region of Berry.

Musée de la Vie Romantique George Sand salon
Emblematic figure of the premises, novelist George Sand is presented in a medalion above the fireplace. © DR
Musée de la Vie Romantique music room salon
During the entire 19th century, writers and musicians convened in this music room salon decorated with handsome bookshelves. © DR

Exhibitions and a tea salon

It is an ideal setting for ephemeral exhibitions, including partnerships with other museums, such as the current one dedicated to the taste for Literary Salons between 1815 and 1848, as a duo with the Petit Palais. Cherry on the visitor's cake, another asset is that it attracts many lovebird couples. Under its skylight, the greenhouse shelters a delicious tea salon, coached by Rose Bakery, to finally feel alone in the world at the heart of the capital.

Musée de la Vie Romantique red salon
In this small living room, each painting has a story linked to the family of the previous owners. © DR
Musée de la Vie Romantique tea salon
Sharing a pastry or a snack in this confidential Parisian tea salon is priceless. © DR

Romantic souvenirs in Paris