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Art galleries in France

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From some of the world's earliest cave paintings to cutting-edge contemporary installations, France harbours extraordinary artistic treasures. Viewing art is an integral part of French citizens' leisure activities from childhood, which helps explain the finely tuned French sense of aesthetics. Many celebrated masters, whose works are displayed in the country's museums and galleries, also lived and worked in France over the centuries. Today, new waves of artists follow in their footsteps. And art also flourishes in unexpected places: parks and public spaces are filled with sculptures; metro stations act as de facto galleries; and France's lavish fashion shows are arguably more about art than garments. Here are the some of the country's best places to view art.