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Musee Terrus

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leonard m wrote a review Oct 2016
Edinburgh, United Kingdom240 contributions153 helpful votes
This is a modest museum by any standard, but if you are at all interested in late 19th and early 20th century French art then this little place is, in its own way, an important part of that mosaic. Terrus lived from 1857-1922 but this museum was not created until1994 on the initiative of the local mayor. Terrus is probably the most famous "son" of Elne, so a museum can be justified. It is arguable that Terrus would not have the caché he now enjoys as an artist had he not been very close chums with Matisse, Maillol, de Monfried, Fayet et al. The reality is that he was part of a group of artists, sculptors, poets and musicians who were responsible for a veritable nuclear explosion of art and creativity during the first 20 years of the 20th century so it is important to understand his place in that group. The artists all hailed from Elne, Collioure, Ceret, Banyuls or round about, or came from elsewhere but chose to work in those small towns. It was a remarkable time, and Terrus was part of it. Terrus was also a photographer and his camera kit can be viewed in the museum. His paintings (oils and watercolours) are attractive rather than revolutionary, and there is a reasonable selection on view. They show an artist connected to the countryside round about and which he loved. Given that Terrus in life was notorious for not wanting to be parted from his paintings, it is perhaps a little surprising that there are not more on view. However the paintings on view were apparently collected by the mayor, so full marks to him! If you are looking for A list paintings adorned by heavy gilt frames you will be disappointed. If you appreciate an insight into art history of which Terrus was part, this unremarkable little museum turns out to be remarkable after all. It is probably worth reading up a bit about Terrus and his relationship with Matisse and Maillol before your visit. Maillol's bronze bust of Terrus can be seen near the museum.The building is also used to run a changing contemporary exhibition.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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Angela P wrote a review Sep 2016
Bucks.111 contributions29 helpful votes
Really beautiful art of the local area, and interesting conversation with Matisse, too. 1st and 2nd floor had a lovely exhibition of a local artist, modern, all about things to see in the background - not all is as you see it - fab show
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Date of experience: September 2016
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Jane C wrote a review Aug 2014
Languedoc-Roussillon, France1 614 contributions198 helpful votes
We visited this museum with a combination ticket we bought at the Cloisters and saved a little money. The ground floor is dedicated to Etienne Terrus. He was born in Elne and studied in Paris. He is not someone we had heard of until our planned visit to Elne. We enjoyed his paintings and were amazed at his changing styles of art. There were portraits which seemed to be in a classical style, landscapes that were impressionist and then landscapes that were almost abstract in style. He was apparently a friend of Matisse and there are examples of letters he wrote to him. He was a friend of Maillol too. On the first floor there is a temporary exhibition of drawings by a Spaniard called Joseph Narro until 12th October. He was one of the Spanish refugees who escaped from the Spanish civil war into Roussillon. He was incarcerated in various of the camps built to house these peoples. His ability to put emotion into a line drawing is amazing. They are stunning and emotional. Later in his life he became an illustrator of children's books. We are happy that we saw both the work of Etienne Terrus and Joseph Narro.
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Date of experience: August 2014
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Christina A wrote a review Jul 2014
6 contributions4 helpful votes
Was pleasantly surprised. Small enough not to bore the kids. Some really lovely art and very helpful, friendly staff.
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Date of experience: July 2014
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