17th-century Dutch painting
The Dutch paintings from the Marquis of Lacaze (1773-1830) considerably enriched the museum’s initial holdings by their sheer number (79, more than a third of the current holdings), their artistic qualities and their iconography. With works by Cuyp, van Goyen, Hals, Heem, Maes, Porcellis, Ruysdael and Terbrugghen, the museum possesses one of the largest holdings in France. Bequests and other acquisitions (Soutman) made throughout the 19th and 20th centuries have provided for a varied display of this Northern School, which breaks genre boundaries through its attention to detail and its taste for the symbolic. Of particular note in the museum are the landscapes (Swanevelt), marine scenes (Kool) and still lifes.