Dubufe and Henner
The mansion, which now houses the Museum, was not the home or studio of Jean-Jacques Henner but the residence of Guillaume Dubufe (1853-1909). Marie Henner, widow of the artist’s nephew, purchased it in 1921 from the heirs of Dubufe to display the works by Jean-Jacques Henner and donated it to the French State.
Guillaume Dubufe came from an artist family. He carried out several important monumental decorations, such as the ceilings of the restaurant of the Gare de Lyon, the library of the Sorbonne, and the foyer of the Comédie Française.
Both painters knew each other, and Henner was sometimes invited to dinner by Dubufe at his home in the Avenue de Villiers.