The fact that this palace is called “petit” can only be explained by the grand one in front of it, as all is relative when it comes to French grandeur. Both the big and grand palais were constructed for the World Exhibition of 1900, and serve as museums ever since.
It was only when a friend of mine proposed to meet here for a coffee that I discovered this “small” gem. It is a delightful refuge from the crowded and overpriced area next to the Champs Elysées where it is located and not only a good spot for coffee. More importantly it has a beautiful permanent and free art collection, as the Petit Palais is Paris’ fine arts museum.
I always enjoy coming back here and wandering through the large halls lined with exhibits varying from the Greek empire to paintings of Cézanne. But more than the art work, the architecture of the building itself is crazy beautiful – I could take pictures endlessly to capture all the details of it.
The Petit Palais often also hosts very interesting temporary exhibitions. Currently their two exhibitions are both dedicated to 18th century art: one on Baroque and light and the other on works of the American collector Jeffrey Horvitz.