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Created in 1828, the Musée Fabre in Montpellier was created after the neoclassical painter, François-Xavier Fabre, from Montpellier, donated his collection. Over the years, the museum has been enriched by the generosity of many artists and collectors. It is now one of the most prestigious French collections and offers a range of Western works. Since its renovation in 2007, the museum has welcomed nearly three million visitors each year and has established itself as an essential cultural player in the region.
The chronological tour of Montpellier’s Musée Fabre presents the history of European creation, from the Renaissance to the present day. It comprises a collection of exceptional works by the greatest European painters: Rubens for Flemish and Dutch painting, Ranc for Rococo art, Fabre for Neoclassicism and Delacroix for Romanticism. At the end of the visit, the 600 m² space dedicated to modern and contemporary art, designed as a "case of light," is mainly devoted to Pierre Soulages, a former student of the city’s fine arts school. The artist’s donations form a remarkable collection.
Built between 1872 and 1875, the Hôtel de Cabrières-Sabatier d’Espeyran is the decorative arts department of the Musée Fabre in Montpellier.
This ancient residence, located in the heart of the historic centre, invites visitors to travel to the world of Montpellier’s aristocracy and bourgeoisie
in the 17th and 19th centuries. The decor is unique and sumptuous, and is based on objets d’art, gold and silverware, and original and restored furniture.