Gifts, 1981 and 1986
The art dealer and historian Daniel Wildenstein was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1971. In 1981, in memory of his father Georges, also an academician, he gifted the Académie the more than three hundred illuminations collected by his father throughout his life. Spanning the Middle Ages and Renaissance, this is one of the richest public collections of its kind in France.
The daughter of the painter William Adolphe Bouguereau, Henriette Vincens-Bouguereau gave the museum ten drawings by her father dating from the early 1850s. To these studies of Italian landscapes and nudes was added a later drawing, a study for his painting Orestes Pursued by the Furies (1862, Norfolk, Virginia, Chrysler Museum).
In keeping with her husband’s last wishes, Madeleine Siney gave the Musée Marmottan Monet a gilt bronze lyre clock, no doubt made during the July Monarchy.
The adoptive daughter and sole heir of Henri and Marie Duhem, both painters and collectors living in Douai, Nelly Sergeant-Duhem acted on her parents’ will by donating their collection to the Musée Marmottan. This major ensemble comprises over one hundred paintings, drawings, and sculptures, including pieces by Boudin, Sisley, Monet, Pissarro, Degas, Renoir, Carrière, and Gauguin.
(1898-1996 et 1901-1994)
Following the bequest made by his brother Denis, Julien Rouart bequeathed to the Musée Marmottan Monet a selection of works from his personal collection. With his wife Thérèse, he left the furniture owned by Berthe Morisot and three of her majors works: Little Girl in Blue Jersey, Paule Gobillard Painting, and Children at the Basin.
Born in 1941.
Bequest, 22 octobre 2018
(1921-1993 et 1908-1984)
The grandson of Berthe Morisot and son of Julie Manet, art historian Denis Rouart played a decisive role in ensuring the recognition and study of his grandmother’s work. In addition to his numerous publications, with the agreement of his spouse he also bequeathed to the Musée Marmottan Monet over 160 pieces, including the world’s leading collection of works by Morisot. This legacy took effect after the death of his wife.
(born in 1932)
Marc Rauffet was close to Thérèse and Julien Rouart and the legatee of this couple, who were childless. In 1996, he ensured that the works they intended for the Musée Marmottan Monet entered the museum. In 2016, he gifted it the watercolor portrait of Annie Rouart by Julie Manet.
The widow of Henri Alfred de Montholon, Angèle de Montholon gave the Musée Marmottan a clock in black marble and bronze surmounted by an eagle resting on a laurel wreath. This was reportedly given by Napoleon I to Henri Alfred’s famous ancestor, General Charles Tristan de Montholon, who was the emperor’s aide de camp during his exile on the island of Elba, and who closed his eyes on his deathbed on May 5, 1821.
After the death of his brother Jean, Michel, the younger son of Claude Monet and Camille Doncieux, became the painter’s sole heir. Himself childless, he made the Musée Marmottan his universal legatee. In addition to the house at Giverny, his heritage included numerous Impressionist canvases, with notably some hundred works by Monet, forming the biggest collection of his works in the world.
(born in 1947)
In homage to her husband, the painter and Académie member Zao Wou-ki, in 2016 Françoise Marquet-Zao offered the Musée Marmottan Monet eight drawings executed by the artist in 1948–49, plus a sketchbook and his academician’s sword, designed by Goudji and Richard Texier.
Born into a rich family from Valenciennes, in 1883 Paul Marmottan inherited his father Jules’s townhouse in Rue Louis-Boilly and his collection of medieval art. He enlarged the house, which became the setting for a precious ensemble of furniture and artworks from the Empire period. He bequeathed this home to the Académie des Beaux-Arts, to be made into a museum.
An engraver elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1935, Henri Le Riche was director of the Musée Marmottan from 1938 to 1944. He oversaw the evacuation of the collections during World War 2 and brought the Impressionists into the museum by facilitating the Donop de Monchy donations. The museum holds his self-portrait as an academy member, painted in 1942.
Jean-Paul Léon was the son of Paul Léon, a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, director general for Fine Arts, then a professor at the Collège de France and curator at the Musée Condé in Chantilly. He donated to the Musée Marmottan twenty-six letters, written to his father between 1921 and 1926 by Georges Clemenceau and Claude Monet about the presentation of the Water Lily rooms at the Orangerie, which were his responsibility at the time.
The wife of Nicolas de Korewo, a senator and grand master at the Russian court, Berthe de Korewo excelled in the field of music. As a member of the Société des Sciences et Lettres de Loir-et-Cher, she gave many talks and put her name to a foundation whose role it was to award prizes for musical composition. In her will she bequeathed two Directory vases with Japanesestyle decoration to the Musée Marmottan.
(born in 1947)
Wishing to enrich the public domain, and in particular an institution specializing in collections of the Empire period, Antoine Jacquand gifted the museum two canvases by his forebear the painter Claude (known as Claudius) Jacquand: a self-portrait and a portrait of the artist’s wife, Lydia de Forbin.
(1902-1989 et 1903-1989)
Living not far from the museum, at 19 Rue Marbeau in the 16th arrondissement, Roger and Marie Hauser bequeathed their collection of paintings, drawings, and watercolors to the Musée Marmottan in 1979. In 1987, nine pieces by Boudin, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Signac, Cross, Marquet, and Toulouse-Lautrec were placed there. After the couple’s death, the museum received fourteen more works, completing the transfer of the collection.
Gift, november 23, 2018
Gift of the Florence Gould Foundation, 1990
A corresponding member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts and a great patron of the arts, Florence Gould built up a sizeable collection of Impressionist works. When she died a foundation was created to finance humanitarian, social, and cultural actions. It was thanks to this body that a Man’s Head by Honoré Daumier entered the museum in 1990.
Born in 1945 in Trébeurden, Bretagne.
Gift, 30 novembre 2017
An industrialist, collector, and patron (of Auguste Rodin, among others), Maurice Fenaille was a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts and published a number of historical works on art and the applied arts. Always alert to the possibility of enriching the heritage, he helped numerous museums, including the Marmottan, to which he gifted a painting by Guillaume Frédéric Ronmy from 1837, Selling Paintings in front of the Institut.
Gift and bequest, 1945
After offering the museum portraits of her grandfather and great uncle by Louis Léopold Boilly, Mme Du Payrat also bequeathed a portrait of her mother, Mme Bénard, by the painter Claude Marie Dubufe.
Leaving no heirs, Cila Dreyfus divided her heritage between several individual legatees, a number of charities, and the Musée Marmottan Monet. Her generosity brought the museum its first postwar work: Bride with Blue Face by Marc Chagall.
(1863–1958) and (1854–1942)
Gifts, 1940 and 1947; bequest, 1958
Respectively daughter and son-in-law of the doctor Georges de Bellio, one of the first admirers of Impressionism, Victorine and Eugène Donop de Monchy founded the museum’s Impressionist collections when they donated eleven canvases by Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Morisot, and Monet, including the famous Impression, Sunrise. Their gift also included Old Master paintings and drawings, as well as several applied arts.
(born in 1955)
The son of renowned Chinese painters, Xie Dingwei was one of the first people to organize exhibitions of Western art in China. In 2014, in partnership with the Musée Marmottan Monet, he presented the first Monet retrospective in Shanghai. In 2017, in memory of this collaboration, he gifted the museum a previously unpublished letter from the master to his friend, the critic Gustave Geffroy.
Simonne Dalimier was the daughter of the politician Albert Dalimier, Under-Secretary of State for the Fine Arts during World War I. Her will left two Post-Impressionist works to the Musée Marmottan Monet: Girl Reading by Henri Lebasque and Vase of Flowers by Jules Flandrin.
(born in 1953)
A Franco-American painter active in Paris and New York, Vicky Colombet produces spiritually intense works linked to traditional Chinese painting and Abstract Expressionism. In 2016, as the first contemporary artist invited to collaborate with the Musée Marmottan Monet, she created a canvas that resonates with the Monet collection. She donated Water and Light # 1355 to the museum in 2017.
Born into a family that had been close to the Monets from 1853, André Billecocq was architect to the foundations of the Académie des Beaux- Arts from 1955 to 1972. In this capacity, he oversaw the conservation of Monet’s house in Giverny. In memory of his family’s friendly relations with Monet’s family over several generations, he gifted nine caricatures that his predecessors had received directly from the painter. These sheets are considered Monet’s oldest works.
At the death of architect and painter Émile Bastien-Lepage, brother and student of the painter Jules Bastien-Lepage, the Académie des Beaux-Arts was universal legatee jointly with the town of Damvillers (Meuse), where the two artists were born. His bequest comprised mainly paintings, watercolors, drawings, and etchings by Jules.
Founded in 2009
Founded in 2009, the Association des Amis du Musée Marmottan Monet works to facilitate the enrichment of the museum’s collections and the restoration of its artworks. In 2017, it acquired for the museum Honfleur: Wood on the Côte de Grâce à by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. Formerly part of the Denis Rouart collection, the canvas perfectly completes the ensemble that he and his wife bequeathed in 1993.