NORTH OF PARIS, VAN GOGH’S LAST HOME
- “In the Footsteps of Van Gogh at Auvers-sur-Oise” guided tour
The village of Auvers-sur-Oise at one time welcomed Cézanne, Pissarro, Daubigny and Van Gogh. The tour explores the village’s historic sites: the church, Daubigny’s house and workshop, the house of Doctor Gachet, the cemetery, the banks of the Oise and more.
This auberge was the final home of Van Gogh. Classified as a historical monument, it is the only one of Van Gogh’s former dwelling places that remains in its original state.
With its multimedia show ‘Travel back to the Time of the Impressionists’, the château plunges you into the world of the masters of light, explaining the turmoil in society at the end of the 19th century and its influence on the birth of the Impressionists, as well as the atmosphere in Paris during the great reconstruction supervised by Baron Haussmann. Explore the show’s themes through sound effects, videos and projections of paintings by Impressionist masters.
SOUTH OF PARIS, THE BARBIZON SCHOOL
Between 1830 and 1875, the village of Barbizon was the principal dwelling place of painters who came to work in the forest, in search of new inspiration drawn from nature. So it was that the modest hamlet saw the birth of a French landscape movement known as the Barbizon school, where Millet, Corot or Théodore Rousseau established themselves as teachers for young artists such as Monet, Renoir and Sisley. The walk takes in the principal sites of the movement, including the Auberge Ganne, the chapel, the Théodore Rousseau museum, as well as Millet’s home and studio, as far as the edge of the forest.
- Tour of the Departmental Museum of the Barbizon School
The Barbizon school museum is located in two places: the Auberge Ganne, which accommodated the famous landscape artists who were the forerunners of Impressionism, and the house and studio of Théodore Rousseau. There you can discover the warm atmosphere of the “painters of Ganne”, with furniture and painted decorative features, as well as about a hundred works by Théodore Rousseau, Jean-François Millet and Narcisse Diaz de la Peña.
- Jean-François Millet’s studio
Jean-François Millet lived and worked here from 1849 to 1875, the year of his death. It was in this studio that he painted scenes of rural life, including The Angelus, the Gleaners, The Man with the Hoe and The Sower. Within the walls of this period house are personal objects (letters, drawings, engravings etc) as well as a collection of original works by the former masters of the Barbizon school.
- Guided tour ‘In the Footsteps of Sisley at Moret-sur-Loing’
This tour unveils the viewpoints that inspired the painter in this small medieval town, where the artist lived for 20 years until the end of his life. The medieval gates, the church of Notre Dame, the bridge and the banks of the Loing… nothing has changed from Sisley’s works to how things are today. Sisley’s life and the characteristics of his painting are also recalled during the walk.
WEST OF PARIS, THE ISLE OF THE IMPRESSIONISTS
The Seine and its festive stopping points were a common theme for the Impressionists. At the foot of the Musée d’Orsay, a return cruise to Chatou allows you to experience the joyful ambiance of dances and boating. The voyage through Paris, with its views of famous monuments, already makes for a memorable trip, but your arrival and lunch at the Ile of Chatou – the ‘Isle of Impressionists’ dear to Renoir, Sisley and Monet – will make this a real voyage into Impressionist times.
- The Maison Fournaise restaurant
With its traditional French cooking, this restaurant was formerly a waterside “guingette” (tavern) frequented by painters, writers and bohemian society in the mid-19th century. It provided the natural backdrop for Renoir’s famous Boating Party Luncheon.