After my first story about Albert Smith (1854–1932), called Bordeaux ~ Impressionist Alfred Smith ~ partie onze, I wanted to know more about the Bordeaux artist. I thought, “Shouldn’t there be a museum in Bordeaux where Albert Smith’s works are located?” I mean, he’s a home boy, right? Well, there is…

The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux is a fine arts museum, located in the city of Bordeaux, France. It was established in 1801, by the painter Pierre Lacour. Another Bordeaux-born artist (April 15, 1745 to January 28, 1814), Lacour also became the museum’s  first curator. This Museum is one of the largest art galleries in France outside Paris. Located in central Bordeaux at the Palais Rohan, this is a must visit for people who love the cultured segments in life… like wine, food, art, and beautiful music.

Where to find the museum: the Palais Rohan is the name of the Hôtel de Ville, or City Hall, of Bordeaux, France.

The Musée des Beaux-Arts’ painting collection is the largest local one. It has works by both French and Dutch painters:

  • Claude Duthuit, grand-son of Henri Matisse
  • Albert Marquet (1875-1947), Portrait of Matisse, 1899
  • Léonce Chabry
  • Hippolyte Pradelles
  • Paul Sébilleau
  • Alfred Smith

Naturalists include:

  • Alfred Roll (1846-1919)
  • Alfred Smith (1854-1932)
  • Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)

Academicism include:

  • William Bouguereau (1825-1905)
  • Albert Marquet (1875-1947)
  • Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

A point of interest is that the museum has in its collection several paintings that were stolen by the French, during the French revolution. Sadly, they were never returned to their rightful owners. That’s the down side, the up side is that many, many more people are able to view these pieces of art. The Martyrdom of Saint Georges, by Peter Paul Rubens, is one such example as art relocated.

[This Alfred Smith image “Le Quai de la Grave à Bordeaux, 1884” is on the wharves of Bordeaux and can be found at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux‘s art collection.]

As an Impressionist and naturalist, Albert’s paintings naturally involved the wharves of Bordeaux. Bordeaux, a port city on the Garonne River, is in the Gironde department of southwest France.

I love his oil on canvas landscapes. His use of brown is intriguing, in many of his works that I’ve seen so far. This one is exhibited at the Salon de la Société des amis des arts de Bordeaux, painted in 1890.

A final one today: Après la pluie (After the Rain) It speaks for itself, and yet I note the beige…

Art is a very guilty pleasure as I write this and continue to research.