Thomas Lawrence, Portrait of a young lady,  (detail)
Avignon, Musée Angladon – Collection Jacques Doucet
The Musée Angladon – Collection Jacques Doucet
The art collection of high-fashion pioneer
The Musée Angladon – Collection Jacques Doucet is one of the most attractive museums in Avignon. Located in the heart of the city, it is a beautiful 18th century building, conceived as a house museum, in accordance with the testamentary wishes of its founders, the artists Jean Angladon (1906-1979) and Paulette Martin (1905-1988). Its deep mission is to share with the public the sumptuous collection of paintings and furniture inherited from the couturier Jacques Doucet (1853-1929), a pioneer in high fashion, connoisseur and valuable patron of artists and writers of his time. By giving these works a display in accordance to their quality, the Musée Angladon – Collection Jacques Doucet wishes to offer its visitors a special time viewing, sharing intimacy with the greatest artists of Modern Art.
During his life, Jacques Doucet acquired a magnificent collection of works from the 18th century, furniture from the Far East and pieces from artists of the modernity: Van Gogh’s Irises (Los Angeles, The Getty Museum), Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon (New York, The Museum of Modern Art), Rousseau’s Snake Charmer, The Circus sketch by Seurat or On the Beach by Manet (all Paris, The Musée d’Orsay). His great-nephews Jean Angladon and Paulette Martin have maintained a coherent, valuable and rich part of this Doucet’s collection, increased by purchases of Old Masters works. The two of them were inhabited by the desire to share with the public the wonders that have persisted in their family for two generations. The end of their life was dedicated to the organization of an art museum in the building they have lived in since 1977. Upon their death, the Fondation de France implemented their will by creating Angladon-Dubrujeaud Foundation, recognized of public utility by decree of the State Council, under the aegis of which are placed the creation and expansion of Musée Angladon.
Since 1996, the Musée Angladon – Collection Jacques Doucet has attempted to present these masterpieces in a setting consistent with their quality. The ground floor is devoted to showing rare works by the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries: Degas, Daumier, Vuillard, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Sisley, Manet, Redon, Foujita, Picasso and Modigliani. The first floor preserves the privacy of an interior of art lovers through a series of themed rooms, ranging from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century, covering the European and Far Eastern decorative arts. In addition, many books of the library formed by the Angladon, as the sumptuous collection of drawings of the 18th century, hosting Boucher’s or Meissonier’s ones, are available to researchers on reasoned request.
The Musée Angladon – Collection Jacques Doucet develops an important events policy. More than twenty exhibitions have been organized around themes and artists belonging to Jacques Doucet’s nebula. Among the most emblematic art Art and fashion in 1900, Signac in Provence, Degas in white and black, Jacques Doucet’s writers… A profound attention has been paid to the public by multiple mediation actions. The Musée Angladon – Collection Jacques Doucet chose to focus its development on graphic arts – drawing, printmaking, book – from 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. This particular orientation is in line with Jacques Doucet’s centres of interest, which are distinguished mainly by the constitution of his two libraries, the Library of Art and Archaeology – Jacques Doucet (now the Library of National Institute of Art History) and the Literary Library – Jacques Doucet bequeathed from the University of Paris. It also echoes the trajectory of the founders of the Museum, Jean Angladon and Paulette Martin, draughtsmen, printmakers and book illustrators, both involved in the artistic life of Provence.
The Musée Angladon – Collection Jacques Doucet is also a place of life. The Angladon Circle [Cercle Angladon], which brings together many benefactors as friendly as generous, is an essential support. Eleven people work every day at the Museum to welcome you, to ensure safety and live out the collection through exhibitions, visits, meetings and events.
The Musée Angladon – Collection Jacques Doucet is a house in which artists and writers were being received, theories and artistic practices were being discussed, works were being created. The art of the Old Masters like the one of Contemporary Artists were being scrutinized and investigated.
In this house of artists, drawing art, from sketch seized on the spot to finished work, and contemporary creation hold a fundamental place.
Musée Angladon – Collection Jacques Doucet
5 rue du Laboureur F-84000 Avignon
+ 33 4 90 82 29 03
Only the ground floor of the Museum is fully accessible to disabled people and strollers.
We speak English.
From April 1st to September 30th, Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.
From October 1st to March 31st, Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m.
Closed on December 25th and all January long
Guided visits in English or special privatisations on request
Groups on reservation
Full price: 8 €
Reduced price: 6.5 €
Young people from 15 to 25: 3 €
Children from 4 to 14: 1.5 €
Children under 4: free