“People of Le Havre, remember that one day it will be said that is was here, today, that it all began”
André Malraux, 24 June 1961
The first museum rebuilt in France after the war (by Guy Lagneau and Raymond Audigier, students of Perret) and the first cultural centre on an exceptional site facing the entrance to the port. It symbolises the city’s open approach to the world. “Le Havre, the crossroad of transatlantic routes” is a remarkable showcase for this glass, steel and aluminium vessel which is accessible via a gangway, the ultimate reference.
Created in 1845, the collection is not a reflection of any pre-existing collection resulting from revolutionary loot. Rather it was constituted by a city wanting to reunite and identify with its heritage. Originally, thanks to acquisitions, donations, legacies and national deposits, the different European schools of painting since the Renaissance were exhibited.
The museum’s true identity, centred on Impressionism and Fauvism, developed with certain acquisitions in the 20th century :
- 1900: the donation by Louis Boudin of his brother Eugène’s 240 works
- 1936: the legacy by Charles Auguste Marande, trader and collector (Monet, Gauguin, Pissarro, Jongkind, Marquet, Camoin, Van Dongen, etc. A total of 63 paintings, 25 drawings, and a sculpture)
- 1963: the Dufy legacy with 70 works (oils, water colours, drawings, ceramics and tapestry)
- 2004: the Senn-Foulds donation with 205 works (from Delacroix, Corot and Courbet to Sisley, Pissarro, Monet, Guillaumin, Degas, Cross, Sérusier, Bonnard, Valloton, Derain, Matisse, Marquet etc.) from the collection of Olivier Senn, trader and friend of Marande Thanks to this last donation, the Malraux Museum now has the second most important collection of Impressionists after Musée Orsay.
- 2009: the same generous benefactor offered his father, Édouard Senn’s collection, with 67 more works including 45 paintings, 15 drawings, 5 engravings and 5 sculptures
- 2015: 17 more works – 10 paintings and 7 drawings – from Pierre-Maurice Mathey, grandson by marriage of Olivier Senn This addition includes some artists already in the collection such as Boudin, Pissarro, Degas, Guillaumin, Cross and Marquet, as well as some newcomers such as Utrillo and Vignon”, explains the MuMa.
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