The Jacquemart-André Museum is the work of a couple of art enthusiasts who have assembled one of the finest collections in Paris.
Compared to the Frick Collection
A few steps from the Champs-Élysées, the residence of the Jacquemart-André couple presents the most beautiful private collection of works of art in Paris, combined with the atmosphere of a large 19th century residence. The salons of the private mansion house works of art and master paintings: Uccello, Mantegna, Botticelli, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Fragonard, Reynolds… Often compared to the Frick Collection in New York, it has kept all the atmosphere of a large residence, which makes it a unique place in Paris.
A mansion like a real museum
This Hotel offers the discovery of spaces inhabited in the 19th century : state rooms, monumental staircase, winter garden, private apartments… In 1868, Édouard André, heir to a family of Protestant bankers, commissioned a mansion from the architect Henri Parent. The work took place until 1875 on land near Boulevard Haussmann. A great art lover, Édouard André uses his fortune to acquire works of art which he exhibits in this new private mansion. In 1872, Nélie Jacquemart, a young artist eight years her junior, painted her portrait. He married her in 1881. The couple never had children but devoted their lives to building up a collection of works of art with the ambition of exhibiting it to the public. They will never stop fitting out their mansion like a real museum. Edouard André and his wife traveled across Europe and the Orient to acquire the rarest works of art and furniture.
A remarkable collection
The collections brought together are among the most remarkable in France: works from the Flemish and German schools, detached frescoes, refined furniture and tapestries thus find their place on the ground floor of the house. But it is especially to the Renaissance, Florentine and Venetian, that Nélie Jacquemart devotes her attention: the first floor of the building is, in fact, reserved for Italian art of this period. Édouard André died in 1894, Nélie Jacquemart in 1912. According to their wishes, the collection and the hotel will be bequeathed to the Institut de France in order to create a museum. In 1913, President Raymond Poincaré inaugurated the Jacquemart-André Museum. The collections thus bring together works of French and Dutch paintings from the 18th century, from the Italian Renaissance, as well as furniture and works of art. The museum is open at night on Mondays, only during the period of temporary exhibitions.
Jacquemart André Museum 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris