Barbizon painters discovery circuit with audio-guide
Between 1825 and 1875 the village of Barbizon, near Fontainebleau, was a great source of inspiration for landscape painters who served as precursors to the Impressionists. Corot, Daubigny, Rousseau and Millet immortalised the area with their artistic appreciation of the region. Their canvases – including masterpieces like Jean-François Millet’s “The Gleaners,” on display at the Musée d’Orsay – were a source of inspiration for many Impressionists, such as Monet, Pissarro and later, Van Gogh.
The Painters’ Trail
The village of Barbizon invites you on a 6-kilometre walk, known as the Sentier des Peintres (The Painters’ Trail). Equipped with your map and audioguide (available to download online), embark on this two-hour walk, also suitable for families. The trail takes you to places where the Barbizon painters spent time and painted, and lastly, into the Fontainebleau forest.
Your departure (and ending) point is located in the village, at the Auberge Ganne, which houses a museum dedicated to painters of the Barbizon School. Next you will visit the home studios of Jean-François Millet et Théodore Rousseau. In the forest the trail climbs up to a rock embedded with a bronze bas-relief in homage to the two masters. You can also discover the real-life landscape that inspired Corot’s Fontainebleau Forest.
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Days and opening hours
From 27⁄06 to 28⁄06, daily between 2 pm and 5 pm. From 01/07 to 31/12/2020 Opening hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 10 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 5 pm. On Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 1 pm and between 2 pm and 5 pm.
- Pets welcome
Guided tour languages
Bulletin board languages
Single mean time tour90 mins
Single services tour
- Unguided individual tours available permanently
- Hearing disability
- Visual disability
- Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
- Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
- Even flooring with no obstacles