Paris “Musée de la vie romantique” always shows delightful exhibitions related to romanticism, and it is one of the most exquisite places to visit, specially in this season.
These days, “The Golden Age of German Romanticism ” shows drawings and watercolors by German artists working at Goethe’s time, including a View of Rome by Goethe himself. Besides Füssli and Friedrich ( three beautiful drawings by each), it is an opportunity to discover less well known artists, like J.G Shadow, whose portrait of Schiller is on the exhibition’s poster.
In a doorway rue Chaptal #26 opens an alley, and walking along makes you think you’re far away from Paris.
At the end of it, you come to light at the museum’s entrance.
The exhibition rooms are in three different buildings, so going from one place to another, you cross the courtyard and its gorgeous flowers.
The last part of the exhibition takes place in the central house, and to get in, you climb up the outdoor stairs adorned with the most beautiful roses.
It is part of Ary Scheffer‘s townhouse, a painter of early nineteenth century, and you go through his living room.
When we left, we were a bit disappointed to discover that the tea room had not opened yet, for it is part of the place’s charm. If you come in June, it will be open.
Then, you will enjoy tea time in the garden, with bird songs and children voices from the next door school. Lovely.
Musée de la Vie Romantique, 16 rue Chaptal 75009 Paris metro Saint-Georges tel 33(0)1 55 31 95 67 open 10 to 18, closed on Monday. Exhibition : L’âge d’or du Romantisme Allemand, up to June 15, enter 7 euros. Information on www.vie–romantique.paris.fr/