Musée No:379.023Regular price £25.00
The Boudoir - Château de Chaalis
Artist: Walter Gay
The seriously stunning Château de Chaalis is around 40km from Paris and yes you can visit it, it's an art museum. It was originally a Cistercian Abbey but what the monks would say about this fabulous boudoir is worth wondering about! This version of the château was built in 1739 and at the time of this painting the Château was owned by Nélie Jacquart, an artist herself and a member of a rich banking family. She bought the Château after the death of Madame de Vatry and inherited the furnishings and amazing Vatry Murat art collection along with the château itself. She spent a fortune on it - installing electricity, heating and a telephone. She remodelled and renovated the whole château and was obviously immensely proud of it which is perhaps why Walter Gay was invited along to record it in all its glory. On her death in 1912 her will stated that the Château should become an art museum 'Abbaye Royale de Chaalis -Musée Jaquemart-André" open to all - what a gift.