Maurice Denis was an artist whose contemporaries are Monet and Gauguin. He lived in a beautiful old priory which had room for artists to come and live. After Denis died, his family gave the estate and paintings to the government to use as an art museum.
|The Musee Maurice Denis|
|Bronze statue in the garden.|
|Original poster for an exhibit. We used to sell copies of this at Pier 1.|
|Beautiful stained glass window which was designed as part of an entire room, complete with furniture.|
|Maurice Denis as a young man.|
|A portrait of a young woman by Gauguin|
|Tourists playing with their camera.|
The chateau de Malmaison et Bois-Preau is the former home of Josephine, Empress of France, first wife of Napoleon I. The house is small for a chateau, but makes up for it inside. These folks really likes their gold trim. It is on the walls, ceiling, furniture, dishes, bedding, curtains, even the books have gold embossed titles.
|Detail on one of the pillars.|
|One of several sitting rooms. The chairs don't look very comfortable.|
|That's a lot of gold!|
|One of Napoleon's swords. Unfortunately, the lighting made getting pictures sans flash almost impossible.|
|Josephine's bedroom is round, with red silk on the walls.|
|Chateau de Malmaison|