Yves Brayer Museum – Hotel de Porcelet

Since 1991 the mansion houses Yves Brayer Museum. An outstanding collection of exceptional quality and rarity of one hundred or more works covering almost sixty years of the artist’s career is exhibited here.

The museum exhibit an important retrospective of the works of Yves Brayer. Born in 1907, he was one of the most celebrated contemporary French painters of the 20th century. Although he was faithful to the figurative tradition, his ample métier was enriched by his personal vision.

His paintings proved to be very diverse, for besides his well-known landscapes, he also painted vast canvases, portraits and still lifes. A lover of Mediterranean landscapes, Yves Brayer sojourned in Marocco, Spain and Italy before settling down in the Camargue and in Provence.

This fine late 16th-century mansion has an original façade and elegant finely carved room decorated with 17th-century paintings.

Opening hours
April to September, open every day: 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 6.30 pm
October, November, December, March open every day except Tuesday: 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Annual closure: January and February.

16th-century three-storey building with a staircase.

Temporary exhibition

A vision of happiness – The Poetic Reality painters

Spring to 31 December 2021

Eight painters grouped together in 1949 by Gisèle d’Assailly under the name “Poetic Reality”, the title of the book she devoted to them.

Maurice Brianchon, Christian Caillard, Jules Cavaillès, Raymond Legueult, Roger Limouse, Roland Oudot, André Planson and Constantin Terechkovitch exhibited together in the inter-war period.

They were acknowledged in the mid-sixties by critics and historians as being essential for the life of modern painting in France.

Painters of happiness, their subject matter celebrates the simple life, nature in the continuity of tradition.

Eager to move beyond the violence of Fauvism and the rigour of Cubism, they rejected the academism of the Fine Arts and the influence of the avant-garde.

Colourists, draughtsmen, focussing on composition, they sought sincerity and truth in their painting. Intimist scenes, nudes, landscapes, silent lifes, expressing the simple beauty of a pantheistic universe where naturalism is the source of hedonistic poetry.


Adults: 8€ per person
Under 18 years: free
Groups: 4€ per person

Pass Baux-de-Provence
(2 sites: Carrières de Lumières + Château des Baux with Yves Brayer Museum offered).
Adults: 17,50€/19,50€*

*With events: 22 to 24 May, 6 July to 29 August, 23 to 31 October 2021.

Practical information

Place François de Hérain
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence

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Maison du Roy, Rue Porte Mage,
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence
Tel +33 (0)4 90 54 34 39

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Closed 25 December and 1 January

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