Which in French is, Musée National des Beaux-Arts. Now doesn’t that sound so much more grander than, we went to the Art Museum? Of course it does.
The whole point of today was to go somewhere with AirCon, where we could just amble around and take our time, and stay cool from the blistering heat. Because, just when you thought it couldn’t get any hotter out there, the thermometer read 28 degrees at 8:30 this morning, and has climbed to a sweltering 34 that, with the humidex factored in, is a skin-peeling 45 degrees!
So who wouldn’t want to go to a museum and wander the corridors admiring other people passed history, or artwork. We chose artwork because of the new wing at the Museum houses a selection of contemporary works and, more importantly, an exhibition featuring a woman impressionist painter — Berthe Morisot (1841 − 1895). Something I wanted to see as she was one of the few women who manage to gain any recognition during her life time, for her work. Morisot was one of the founding members of the French Impressionists, along with her colleagues, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Apart from enjoying this first time exhibit here, in Canada, of Morisot’s work, we also enjoyed a number of other contemporary, historic, and modern art exhibits. Some we thoroughly enjoyed, others, well, not so much. Blob-art is not my thing, and I can be quite vocal about seeing a pile of bricks lying on the floor, having the urge to accidentally knock them over. Yes, I need supervision!
All in all, we enjoyed our time wandering through the old historic Gerard Morisset Pavilion, and what was previously a jail here in Québec, but is now the Charles Baillairge Pavilion housing a number of modern art exhibits of Québec—if you love Jean-Paul Riopelle then you will be in the right place.
I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the art.