Less than an hour from Paris, La Ferté-sous-Jouarre has devoted the André Planson Museum to one of its local sons. The first floor of the former synagogue, now an arts centre, shows the work and retraces the life of this painter of poetic realism.

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28 Boulevard Turenne
77260 La Ferté-sous-Jouarre

A little history

Located in La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, in Seine-et-Marne, the imposing Roman-Byzantine building of the former synagogue was turned into a contemporary arts centre in 2001. The first floor is devoted to a painter who is a native son of the town, André Planson. Born in 1898, this member of the group known as the Painters of Poetic Realism was a member of the Academy of Fine Arts and a Knight in the Legion of Honour, and was associated with the School of Paris. His paintings are partly inspired by the landscapes of the Marne Valley, always colourful and dynamic, and he is also known for his nudes and genre paintings in cafés, theatres, and dance halls.

Today, the André Planson museum presents a good part of the artist's works, including paintings, watercolours, original posters, decorations, and more. The life of this rugby and tennis lover, and Bach fan, is retraced through his personal affairs, including the letters he wrote to his parents during the First World War. When you leave the André Planson Museum, you can extend your visit with a walk along the quays where the painter's childhood home still stands, at number 11 of the quay bearing his name.