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“Beautiful museum”

Museum Paul Delvaux
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Koksijde
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Chevrainvilliers, Ile-de-France, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Beautiful museum”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

A significant museum underneath a small cottage. You wouldn't expect such a large collection in such a small place.

The location is close to several places where the painter lived, probably during summer holidays, and was close to his heart. Interesting is also that the museum was inaugurated during the artist's life, and the one of the first texts the visitor sees, is the painters' personal welcome.

The collection covers the artists' full productive period, and seeing the evolution of the drawings and paintings helps understanding his development. I loved the drawings too. Sometimes their spontaneity made I more appreciated the study than the final work.

The comments by the artist about his way of working and creating are just right. Not too complex, and at the same time insightful.

The paintings contain many symbols. For those who are into interpretation of dreams or symbols in art, there is another world to discover, within the pictorial appearance.

The museum could be refreshed. The lighting is not abundant, probably to protect the drawings.

A great experience.

Visited January 2013
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29 reviews
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“A little gem”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Find this small intimate museum down a side street off the beaten track, looks nothing from the outside but is like the Tardis. If you like paintings of steam trains, seascapes and human observation, it'e well worth the visit.

Visited April 2012
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“Must-see in St. Idesbald”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

As a fan of Paul Delvaux's surrealist paintings it was great to see so many of his originals, how his career developped, his doe-eyed girls in classical and railway settings and the original model trains which he used as models for so many of his paintings. What looks at first sight to be a pretty suburban cottage with a nice garden turns out to be a spacious art gallery.

Visited May 2012
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Tienen, Belgium
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“just visit it and be convinced - a must see”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

other have already said it; this museum is truly magnificent!!

Visited June 2011
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“Priviledged moments”
Reviewed April 20, 2012

Other reviewers have described the museum perfectly so I will not repeat their excellent reviews.

But I want to emphasize the quality and quantity of the collection, seeing how Delvaux progressed and changed over the years is fascinating. Prior to coming to the museum I felt his work was perhaps a bit too cold for my taste. During my visit I learned about the person and how is work was influenced by his training in architecture - now I understand him and his work and I bought a giclee of a painting that gives me daily pleasure at home. There are few people I wish I had known, the first one is Marcus Aurelius and now I wish I had met Paul Delvaux: Two human beings with a deep sense of humanity and authenticity.

Two other delightful experiences in the museum have not been reviewed yet.

First, there is a one hour film about Delvaux including interviews. Unfortunately it is only in French (at least when I was last there in 2011). This was a truly moving experience.

Second, the restaurant of the museum is delightful. They offer excellent food and if the weather is good you may eat outdoor leisurely in a pleasant garden near a sculpture of Grard, a small pond, and a fountain.

Now, back in the area I will visit with Delvaux again. Note: this is a large museum so plan for many hours, especially if you have lunch. The first time we went we thought it was a small museum and planned for a 2 hour visit - this is too short.

Visited September 2011
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