The Museum of Romantic Life is located at 16, rue Chaptal, in the 9th arrondissement of the capital.
His story is intimately linked to that of Ary Scheffer (1795-1858), a painter of Dutch origin who settled at this address, in the heart of the neighborhood known as "New Athens" in 1830.
Professor of drawing children of the Duke of Orleans since 1822, representative of the romantic school, the artist quickly made this house with the architecture characteristic of the Restoration an intense focus of artistic, political and literary life.
In the courtyard, Ary Scheffer builds two glass-roofed workshops: one for salon use, the other for a workshop. This salon is frequented by Delacroix, George Sand, Chopin, Liszt...
In the other workshop, exhibited paintings are exhibited at the Salon Officiel.
Embellished with a garden and subsequently a greenhouse, the property was bought in 1858 by his daughter who preserves the frame where his father worked. With her husband, she also hosts many artists such as Henri Martin, Tourgueniev or Gounod. Over the years, painters and writers continue to frequent the house, such as Anatole France or Puvis de Chavannes.
In 1956, the house is sold to the state. A university teaching and research center dedicated to the study of sounds and colors is housed there. Transmitted to the city of Paris in 1982, an annex of the Carnavalet museum is opened under the name museum Renan-Scheffer. Work is being done under the direction of Jacques Garcia and the space is specially designed to highlight many of George Sand's souvenirs (paintings, drawings, sculptures, furniture, jewelery and showcases from his home in the Berry). The writer who lived in this neighborhood for a long time also came to visit Ary Scheffer The works and lives of the Dutch artist and Ernest Renan are also mentioned.
In 1987, the museum becomes "Museum of the Romantic Life".
Open Tuesday to Sunday. Workshops and visits dedicated to children are proposed. Simple visit: free access. Audioguide: 5 euros. Information on +33 1 55 31 95 67.