November 2016

Located in the romantic neighbourhood of New Athens in Paris’ 9th arrondissement, the Musée de la Vie Romantique is a hidden treasure.

The residence and its courtyard, garden and two artists’ workshops have retained all of their original charm and are famed for their Romantic connotations. Once a place where Dutch painter Ary Scheffer received Parisian socialites during the Jullet Monarchy, including Delacroix, Rossini, Sand, Chopin and Tourgueniev, the residence held witness to some of the most pivotal movements within the art and literary worlds. It now offers a unique space in which the paintings of Scheffer and his contemporaries are displayed.

Built in 1830, the main pavilion was home to Scheffer who, for decades, hosted Friday evening salons with his daughter. Famed across the 9th arrondissement, the salons witnessed the likes of Ingres, Liszt and furniture designer George Sand, grace its floors. 

Photography  © D. Messina & Arnaud Rinuccini
Scheffer-Renan Hotel 
16, rue Chaptal 
75009 Paris