There is absolutely no doubt, the Nissim de Camondo museum is definitely my favorite museum in Paris. For twenty years, I have been paying it regular visits, as I would do with an old friend to make sure that everything is fine and that nothing changed. This place is both magnificent and tragic.
It is a magnificent and magical place built and decorated in the early twentieth century, by an eighteen-century Age of Enlightenment lover inspired by the French Petit Trianon in Versailles.
What a tragic fate though, the De Camondo family’s story is absolutely sad: heartbreak, divorce, wars, deportations and deaths devastated this dynasty. The French writer Pierre Assouline depicted, with an infinite tenderness, this family and its fate in his book “Le Dernier des Camondo”.
Oddly enough, no trace of sadness nor tragedy remains in this place. Every room has an aura of silent beauty.