the city ??of Aix-les-Bains benefits from a museum, the Faure Museum, founded in 1949 and which welcomes around 10,000 visitors per year. Located within the framework of a majestic villa from 1900, this museum exists thanks to Dr. Jean Faure, a rich collector of paintings and sculptures.
Although small in size, this museum is rich in works, thanks to the many sculptures it exhibits, the paintings by various and well-arranged masters, as well as the reconstruction of the apartments of the poet Lamartine.
The Faure Museum offers several collections from the Impressionism period, with artists such as Camille Corot, Paul Cézanne, Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas; on eclecticism, on the sculptor Rodin, as well as a collection on ceramics.
The room that Lamartine occupied during his stays in the city of Aix-les-Bains between 1816 and 1830 is a reconstruction. Indeed, the furniture comes from the Pension Perrier, where Lamartine stayed at the time and where the Aix-les-Bains thermal baths. This pension was demolished around 1930 to make way for the thermal baths.
The furniture is in the Savoyard Empire style and is still in an excellent state of conservation. As for the objects exhibited in a window, they make one think of the famous poet. They come from donations, purchases and contributions and constitute a rather disparate whole.
During the visit, it is advisable to specifically notice two small engravings framed in black. One represents Lamartine and the other Julie Charles, represented as Elvire, in Lamartine's poems. This is one of the rare portraits of the young woman, hence its precious side. On the other hand, the poet is much more present, in particular by a patinated plaster bust, whose author is David d'Angers, who faithfully represents Lamartine, a work which was offered to the city of Aix-les-Bains by the son of the artist.
Lamartine is also represented by a terracotta statuette, produced by the sculptor Emile Boisseau, a work which served as a model for the large bronze inaugurated in December 1990 in the Parc des Thermes, on the occasion of the bicentenary of Lamartine's birth.
The Ceramic collection
The ceramic collection is a small collection of porcelain, glass and earthenware which generally arouses less artistic interest than in sculptures and paintings, attracting fewer visitors. However, rare pieces can be admired.
Many pieces come from the earthenware factory of La Forest, which was active during the second half of the 18the century, in Saint-Ours precisely, very close to the city of Aix-les-Bains.
The normal price is 5 euros for an adult entry. Prices are reduced for children up to 18 years old, for students up to 25 years old, for people with a disability, as well as for job seekers on presentation of proof.
Teachers, journalists presenting a press card, members of the Aix-les-Bains Art and History Society, members of the Aix-en-Provence Academy of Painting, museum staff in France, staff municipal council of the City of Aix-les-Bains, as well as members of the Friends of the Museums of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region also benefit from an adapted rate.