A taste for the arts
Each generation of the Sommier family showed their love for art. The oldest evidence is the decoration preserved in the hotel and the most radiant one is the interior and exterior decoration of the Vaux-le-Vicomte recreated by Alfred Sommier. By visiting the Louvre, you will also observe a few examples of this artistic passion due to the philanthropy of certain family members:
Edme Sommier (Alfred’s son) and his wife Germaine Casimir Périer donated a painting by Chardin representing the Jeune Dessinateur (wing Sully, 2nd floor) and a sculpture of kings Charles XII of Sweden by Bouchardon (wing Denon, ground floor).
Robert Le Roux, the son of Anne Sommier, Alfred’s sister, bequeathed two paintings by Giandomenico TIepoolo that represent the Charlatan and Le Menuet (wing Denon, 1st floor)