I’m not sure what to make of the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille.  There are fine things there –  Goya’s “Les Vieilles” and “la Lettre d’Amour” side by side, the “Census at Bethlehem” by Brueghel, Rubens’ “Descent from the Cross”, work by Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec. There are also a lot of rather gloomy scenes of suffering saints and prancing pagan gods.  It is a curious place, full of echoing, empty spaces and when I visited, were it not for parties of children and young people being enlightened about those saints and gods, I might have had the galleries almost to myself.  Maybe I just wasn’t in a cultural mood to make the most of it.

Photo: Sculpture, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille, March 2012

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