Home Furnishings from the Museum

I am (still) in the midst of furnishing my new Montréal apartment. I have spent hours searching for fun and functional furniture and decorations to make this nest feel like home

After spending a recent morning assembling furniture, I decided to treat myself with a visit to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Funnily enough, my Ikea-addled brain could only see potential decorations for my bare apartment walls. I decided to go with it. I wandered the Modern Art galleries, deciding which paintings would go in which rooms of an imaginary ideal apartment. 

The Living Room: Woman on a Sofa

Kees van Dongen, Before 1920

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Woman on a Sofa

This painting is so luxurious and glamorous- the perfect backdrop to entertaining in a living room. Yet the subject is reclined, which makes this artwork also appropriate for sunny afternoons spent sprawled on a chaise lounge with a novel and a jazzy album on the record player.

The Office: Bend in a Road in Provence

Paul Cézanne, About 1866 or later

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Cezanne

This painitng feels so stately and solid. I would love to hang it up next to my writing desk, so it could look over me as I wrote in a leather journal or caught up on my handwritten correspondence. This is Cézanne's first large landscape; he was still an unknown artist when he painted it. This artwork is thus a good reminder to try new things and to be brave in one's endeavors- the perfect message for a home office.

The Dining Room: Seated Woman, Back Turned to the Open Window

Henri Matisse, About 1922

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Matisse

This painting transports me; it's a feast of textures, colors, and shapes. I would hope for these same transcendental powers for the meals served in my dining room. 

The Kitchen: Parakeet

Kees van Dongen, About 1910

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Parakeet

I've always dreamed of a kitchen outfitted with blue and white Delft tiles. This painting would go nicely in this dream kitchen, and the parakeet would be a friendly presence during meal preparations. 

The Bar: Moonrise at Auvers or Return of the Flock

Charles François Daubigny, 1877

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Moonrise, Sheep

This painting of a moonrise is truly a showstopper, with its intricate textures and surprisingly vibrant colors. Due to the subject matter, I originally thought this would be an ideal candidate for the bedroom. But there is an edge to it. That moon is simply too exiting- I wouldn't be able to sleep! The energy emanating from the landscape would be perfect for a hidden bar room, full of whiskeys and mezcals.   

The Bedroom: The By Road at the Roches-Courtaut Woods - Indian Summer

Alfred Sisley, 1881

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Sisley

This painting of a mild day in November is so calming. The colors and the calligraphic lines of the trees would be a welcome way to start the morning and to meditate on the new day.

The Dressing Room: Peonies

Henri Fantin-Latour, 1876

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Peonies

These elegantly adorned flowers would be the perfect accompaniment to a wooden dressing table, covered with silver hairbrushes and glass bottles of perfume. The simplicity and wild colors would be an inspiration for getting dressed in the morning.

This is an installment of this month's creativity theme of HOME. If you missed it, check out a description of the project here

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Address: 1380 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal ∣ MétroStation Peel or Station Guy-Concordia (Green Line) ∣ Opening hoursTuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, major exhibition open until 9pm on Wednesday