17th and 18th-century French painting

Since its 1801 creation, the Museum has acted as a repository of French paintings (Allegrain, Boulogne, Coypel, Restout) originally from Parisian collections and testaments to the artistic activity during the reign of Louis XIV. Supplemented by acquisitions (Lefebvre, Courrège) and bequests (Natoire, Chardin), these holdings trace the major 17th and 18th-century painting movements through the principal academic genres.