Musée des Beaux-arts, Tournai

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The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Tournai, Belgium, is an art museum.
The inception of the museum was in the beginning of the 20th century when Henri Van Cutsem, a Belgian art collector, offered his collection to the city of Tournai in 1905. The collection contained important works of important 19th century French painters like Manet, Monet, Seurat and others.
The Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta started drafting a new building that would contain the Van Cutsem donation and other holdings already owned by the city of Tournai but the First World War intervened and construction was delayed. Horta abandoned his first designs made in a typical Art Nouveau style. The building that finally opened in 1928 is executed in a more classical and linear style typically for the work of Horta in the post-war period (cf. Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Brussels). Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tournai trip simple and quick.
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  • We went to Tournai mainly for a family visit, but decided to take in this museum. The collection is limited but I do like some of the 19th century painting it displays (regardless of the fact that... 
    We went to Tournai mainly for a family visit, but decided to take in this museum. The collection is limited but I do like some of the 19th century painting it displays (regardless of the fact that...  more »
  • I'd go a long way for a Bruegel of this quality, and there were two. Plus a number of other delightful paintings by artists I'd never heard of. A happy experience. 
    I'd go a long way for a Bruegel of this quality, and there were two. Plus a number of other delightful paintings by artists I'd never heard of. A happy experience.  more »
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  • Small museum built by Victor Horta. Interesting works including a couple of Manet's. Ridiculously low entrance and it was free when we went - first Sunday of the month. Overall, very nice experience with courteous and knowledgeable staff.
  • The only museum built by Horta, nice to see. A bit out of time

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