Museum of Fine Arts : Michelin's recommendations
This museum, built in 1928, was designed by the famous Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta whose star-shaped plan has radiating rooms converging on the Sculpture Hall. It houses works from the 15C to the present day, including old masters, 19C and 20C Belgian paintings and especially a collection of Impressionist works from the Brussels patron of the arts Henri Van Cutsem. The museum's central layout, covered by a huge glass roof, is fronted by a curving façade topped by Guillaume Charlier's bronze group called "Truth, Empress of the Arts". Among the old masters, note Van der Weyden's Virgin and Child, Gossaert's St Donatius and delicate landscapes by Velvet Brueghel. Note canvases by Jordaens and Snyders' still-life in the 17C gallery. Two small pastoral scenes by Watteau stand out amid the 18C paintings. An entire room is devoted to the dark, historical and romantic works of the Tournai artist Louis Gallait (1810-1887). Belgian 19C and 20C paintings include H. De Braekeleer's intimist realism, C. De Groux, Meunier, J. Stevens, H. Boulenger, Ensor and Émile Claus. Belgian sculptors include Charlier, Rousseau or Van der Stappen. In the same room as works by Monet, Fantin-Latour and Seurat, note Manet's Impressionist Argenteuil and At Father Lathuille's.
- Address : Rue de l'Enclos-St-Martin 3 B - 7500 Tournai7500Tournai
- Phone : 069222045
- Prices : free of charge