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It all began in the manner of a photo-novella; an unlikely encounter between a renowned art historian and a young Luxembourgish woman of humble beginnings. Born in 1860 in Echternach, Élise Hack emigrated to the French capital to work as a maid and entered the Paris art scene through the back door: she ended up sharing her life with the art historian and critic Henry Havard. After his death in 1921, Élise collected some 30 paintings, watercolours, drawings and engravings, which she bequeathed to the City of Luxembourg a year later. The exhibition Pour Élise immerses the visitor in Élise’s life and in the artistic world of the time through a collection which is highly representative of the artistic context at the turn of the century. Depicting the collector’s colourful life, Pour Élise also showcases paintings that belonged to Henry Havard.

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AUTEUR: JEAN-MARC STREIT — PHOTO: LES 2 MUSÉES DE LA VILLE DE LUXEMBOURG

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