The Garret museum, to discover between archaeology and Fine Arts
Located in the historic centre of Vesoul, the former Ursuline convent, dating from 1680, was renovated in 1981 to house the Garret Museum, previously housed in the town hall building. 12 rooms are arranged on two levels and 600 m². The first level includes the archaeological part, composed of local remains. Discover, in particular, the rich collection of Gallo-Roman funerary stelae, the most important in the region. The rooms have been reorganized in a more chronological order, going back in time from the Middle Ages to Antiquity, with the villa of Chassey-lès-Montbozon, to prehistory,” explains Sabine Gangi, director of the municipal museum, which reopened on June 15. In order to comply with health standards, a new one-way route has been designed and information is distributed in portfolios.
On the second level, a large part of the Fine Arts section is dedicated to the art of the second half of the 19th century around the painter and sculptor Jean-Léon Gérôme (Vesoul, 1824; Paris, 1904), where we learn that the museum has a collection “that is without equal in Europe. It owes it to the generosity of the artist and his heirs (Morot-Dubufe donation in 1945) and to the acquisitions that the museum has made since then. »
The Haut-Saône school
His works are accompanied by those of the Haute-Saône artists who followed him and whom he trained at the Paris School of Fine Arts from 1864 onwards, including Gustave Courtois, Jules-Alexis Muenier and Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret. Two other themes are developed through the 180 works displayed upstairs: local heritage and another 19th century.
On leaving the Garret Museum, the visitor – between 4,000 and 8,000 depending on the year – crosses the inner courtyard, once the garden of the nuns’ convent.