Musée Despiau-Wlérick

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Province : Mont de Marsan / Armagnac

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    • The museum of figurative sculpture

      Nearly two hundred sculptures are presented in the permanent rooms of the museum, in the heart of the Lacataye "Donjon". This set crosses the history of 20th century French sculpture with "independent sculpture" as the common thread.

      This artistic movement was created at the dawn of the 20th century by a group of sculptors, heirs of Auguste Rodin. Gathered around the Schnegg brothers, they formulate an artistic proposal, focused on the human figure, reinterpreting ancient art to approach its ideal of calm, serenity and counting.

      This movement, attached to the respect of human values, persisted throughout the 20th century.

      These sculptors, whose mastery and technical rigor we immediately admire, have marked the history of sculpture with their works.

      The route, organized around the Mons artists Charles Despiau (1874-1946) and Robert Wlérick (1882-1844) , members of the "Bande à Schnegg", offers a discovery of this artistic production, with in particular a unique set of works from sculpted programs of international inter-war exhibitions.

      Beyond the homogeneity and stylistic coherence of such an ensemble, it is its rarity and its historical interest that must be emphasized. Today, the Despiau-Wlérick museum is a real reference in the field of 20th century French sculpture.

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4.1 sur 5 84 reviews

  • Mixel PAILLOT

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Mixel PAILLOT on 20/06/2020

    Belle architecture. Le musée était fermé mais on a apprécié la beauté des façades et des jardins.

  • Catherine Lissardy

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Catherine Lissardy on 16/06/2019

    Juste parce que une petite ruelle aux couleurs coquilliéres nous a attirée et la magie a fait le reste .beauté des oeuvres, charme de la pierre, au milieu de plantes aromatiques, médicinales, soleil, silence, à en oublier que nous étions en centre ville.

  • Marie-pierre Wary

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Marie-pierre Wary on 21/06/2020

    Notre musée a découvrir, re-découvrir... Ne pas oublier de monter sur le toit terrasse pour un 360 sur la ville

Traveller Reviews

4.0 sur 5 58 reviews

  • "Free Museum to visit"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by 584JoanneC (Sydney, Australia) on 23/09/2017

    Has a lot of sculptures if you are into them but worth going to walk around the grounds. They will also open the rooftop terrace for you where you get a view of the city. Worth a visit.

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  • "Great Sculptures, Lovely Building"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by rayraynewby (Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom) on 13/11/2016

    I hadn't heard of the two sculptors responsible for this museum prior to visiting Mont De Marsan but I'm glad I visited. It was free admission and there was plenty to see. The horse sculptures...

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  • "1930 School Of Art Deco Sculptures"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by MILOUW (New York City, New York) on 12/08/2016

    This is a small focused Museum. Two of the leading sculptors of that school are from Mont de Marsan. Despiau is one of them Their style is a bit of an acquired taste but it is emblematic of the...

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Place Marguerite de Navarre
40000 Mont-de-Marsan

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43° 53'33.06"N, 0° 29'56.81"W

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