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In 1869, the Louvre received the most fabulous bequest in its entire history! This was the year that the exceptional collection of 583 paintings acquired by Dr. Louis La Caze (1798–1869) joined the museum’s holdings.

The design of the exhibition, which provides an opportunity to view major works from the La Caze collection held in the Louvre or in regional museums, with the paintings grouped together closely and hung on purple picture rails, is consciously reminiscent of typical 19th-century presentations. The exhibition includes documents relating to Louis La Caze and several canvases by artists of his time influenced by the collection (Manet, Fantin-Latour, among others). A special leaflet has also been prepared pinpointing the locations of all the other paintings bequeathed by La Caze that are displayed on a permanent basis at the Louvre. The presentation of this remarkable selection of works centered on Watteau’s Gilles allows visitors to fully appreciate the quality and consistency of the collector’s choices and serves as an event encouraging us to rediscover a key figure in the history of taste.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of Barclays Bank and of Countess Serge de La Bédoyère, a descendant of the La Caze family.

Organized by: Exhibition curator: Guillaume Faroult, curator, Department of Paintings, Musée du Louvre, assisted by Sophie Eloy.

Practical information

Sully Wing,

Salle de la Chapelle


Open daily except Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and until 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Admission fees:

Admission with a ticket to the permanent collections.