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This collection explores the history of art in a different way. Giving life to the painting, animation abolishes the limits of the frame and enters the heart of the canvas to explore its period, its secrets and mysteries.
These great works of the past thus become teeming testimonies, and their details come alive to relate the spirit of the time and the upheavals of history: wars, revolutions, economic changes...
THE MONEYLENDER AND HIS WIFE - Quentin Metsys 1514
The Moneylender and his Wife (1514) presents a portrait of 16th century Antwerp. Although it appears to be a simple "genre scene", the painter Quentin Metsys in fact portrays a subtle criticism of a world that has been ignited by the vainglory of merchants.
THE ARTIST'S STUDIO - Gustave Courbet 1855
The Artist's Studio (1855) ushers us into the heart of the Second Empire. A few years after the revolution of July 1848, Gustave Courbet puts forward his vision of society via a critical realism denouncing the authoritative power of Napoleon the Third
WITH BATHERS AT ASNIERES - Georges Seurat 1884
With Bathers at Asnières (1884) Georges Seurat invents pointillism and, beyond the tranquil banks of the Seine, uses his innovative technique to capture the economic and social changes sweeping an era devoted to the religion of progress
THE MENINAS - Diego Velázquez 1656
Diego Velázquez portrays numerous dizzying reflections and enigmatic echoes of life at the court of King Philip IV of Spain. His painting questions the power of both the monarch and the artist. Between illusion and reality.
IN THE WEDDING AT CANA - Paul Véronèse 1563
In The Wedding at Cana (1563), Paul Veronese transposes the biblical tale of Christ's first miracle to the scene of a sumptuous Venetian banquet, in a glorification of the ancient, festive and unbridled city.
THE MARTYRDOM OF SAINT APOLLONIA - Jean Fouquet 1450
From his tiny and delicate paintbrush, Jean Fouquet applies the golden threads of a modest humanism to The Martyrdom of Saint Apollonia (circa 1450), revealing a glimmer of the Early Modern period hidden behind the horizon of the Middle Ages.
A LADY IN HER BATH - Francois CLOUET 1571
A Lady in her Bath (circa 1571), by François Clouet, bears witness to a period in which the pleasures of the senses and the mind were caught up in a religious conflict that gave rise to despotic canons of beauty.
MARIE-ANTOINETTE DE LORRAINE HABSBOURG, QUEEN OF France AND HER CHILDREN - Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun 1787
The Revolution is rumbling: the foul pamphlets aimed at "the
The Revolution is rumbling: the foul pamphlets aimed at "the Austrian woman" must be eliminated. With Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine Habsbourg, Queen of France, and her Children (1787), Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun attempts a campaign of seduction. But it is far too late to win back the love of furious public opinion. La Révolution gronde : il est urgent d'en finir
WOMEN OF ALGIERS IN THEIR APARTMENT - Eugene Delacroix 1834
With the war of colonisation raging, Eugène Delacroix was the first artist to cross the Mediterranean. The naturalism of Women of Algiers in their Apartment (1834) transports us into the calm simplicity of a harem, as Eugène Delacroix saw it with his own eyes.
THE ROOTS OF A COLOURFUL LIFE - Vassily Kandinsky 1907
The roots of A Colourful Life (1907), just like those of Vassily Kandinsky, were anchored in age-old Russian soil. And yet the painting contains all the elements that were to accompany the painter in the greatest revolution in the history of art: the leap into abstraction.