For the Nantes Museum of Arts, “it’s a real gift from heaven.” The Nantes institution has just inherited an exceptional legacy given by a Parisian collector who died in 2022, who owned a second home in La Baule. According to Le Parisien, this treasure includes 20 paintings and 14 drawings, mainly works from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is estimated at around 800,000 euros.
The museum management has published a press release which gives a little more detail on this exceptional donation. “Jacqueline Boejat, without direct descendants, designated the Nantes Museum of Arts as legatee of her collection of works of art, without us knowing, beyond a second home that she owned in La Baule, which motivated his choice. This legacy allows us to enrich the Nantes collection of the 17th century, particularly rich for the Grand Siècle, with a set of paintings embodying the triumph of color, at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries.
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For this museum which mainly dedicates its exhibitions to the major French and European artistic movements, this donation is one of the most remarkable since 1852 and the acquisition of the Clark de Feltre collection, bequeathed at the time to what was still called the Nantes Museum of Fine Arts.
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For the Nantes museum, the treasure left by Jacqueline Boejat should blend perfectly with its own collections, already boasting a large number of works of Dutch and Flemish art. In the artistic abundance of the Boejat collection, we will note the work Great Ship of the Crown of Denmark near a coastline, a beautiful seascape by Abraham Storck (1644 -1708), a Dutch painter renowned for his paintings of the sea , its delicate topographical views and its Italianate port scenes. It is not insignificant to recall that Storck was also an outstanding designer, an art that the generous collector particularly appreciated.