Graphic art Collection

  • Drawings and Prints

The principal collection consists of graphic works, around 4,500 engravings and 225 drawings. These works are partly illustrations for The Human Comedy, partly works on the life and society in the first half of the nineteenth century (Daumier, Gavarni, Grandville, Monnier, etc.). It also includes portraits of contemporaries.

  • Photographs

The most important item is Bisson’s famous daguerreotype representing Balzac in a white chemise. The museum also holds certain negatives on glass and a collection of about three hundred early photographs, categorized by theme.

- Balzac's places of residence

- Theater and film

- Portraits of contemporaries