French Minister of Culture announced the entry into the Musée d’Orsay’s collections of a major work by Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), Paysage in Argenteuil (1889). The painting will be visible from Tuesday, October 15 for several weeks at the Musée d’Orsay. It will then be deposited in the Museum of Art and History Baron Gérard in Bayeux, as desired by its owner Mr. François Chaplain, resident of Bayeux died in November 2016.
The two paintings Portraits à la campagne and Paysage à Argenteuil, have indeed a common origin. They were offered by Gustave Caillebotte himself to his cousin Zoé (grandmother of Mr. Chaplain) the artist being one of the witnesses to his marriage with Mr. Fermal in 1887 at Bayeux Town Hall. Since then they have not left the town only on the occasion of temporary exhibitions. Paysage à Argenteuil will integrate the MAHB’s collections early next year and will be presented to the public from February 1st, 2020 on the occasionn of the reopening of the MAHB, after the annual closure in January.
In accordance with the French government directives following the resurgence of the Coronavirus, the 3 museums in Bayeux will remain closed to the public until February 1st 2021.
Due to the summer crowds and respect for social distancing, the museum of the Bayeux Tapestry can accept only 500 persons per day.