On 1st of May Street at no. 8, in the Old Town of Baia-Mare/Nagybánia, there is the building hosting the county Museum of Art, the so-called Artistic Centre Baia-Mare. The two-floor construction was built at the end of the eighteenth century on a less ambitious scale, and improved at the beginning of the twentieth century, when it became private property. Initially, it served as headquarter for the offices of the administration of salt mines in the region. This area known as Maramureș / Marámaros was part of The Transylvanian Principality in the sixteenth century, which in turn was transferred to the Habsburg Monarchy at the end of the seventeenth century.
The surroundings of Baia-Mare were rich in resources of metal and salt, and equally boasted charming landscapes. This is one of the reasons for which an important school of painting of Central Europe was established in Baia-Mare. Most of the artists that were part of this school painted in the impressionistic style, thus representing an interesting response to the French current; Hungarian, Romanian, and Polish painters found new modes of expression hence the school of painting of Baia-Mare/Nagybánia represents another interesting example of how creative the periphery adapts the trends of the centre, and when we say periphery, we refer simultaneously to the geographic location of Baia-Mare within the Habsburg Empire, as well as to the local artistic reactions in relation to the major trends existing in the artistic centres of the time. The Museum of Art of Baia-Mare hosts the most important works of art of the representatives of this school, and these make a valuable collection that stands on equal pair with its Italian and French peers.
Apart from paintings, sculpture, and graphics, the house of 1st of May Street, now a historical monument, has amazingly decorated ceilings, stairs, wood floors, and tile stoves. Most probably, the majority of these were later, that is nineteenth century, additions to the original house, even early twentieth century improvements made by the then owner. In any case, the visitor sees wonderful classicist, rococo, and eclectic style stoves of both German and French inspiration.
Below, we are going to show some of these tile stoves with the inherent hesitation of displaying interiors of a museum, but with the hope that the photographs will tempt the traveller enough to visit this interesting house and amazing art collection.

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