Top 5 Impressionist landscapes in Paris Region
When you think of Impressionist painting, you immediately think of their stunning landscapes. Which is perfect, because Paris Region was a source of inspiration for the painters of the famous art movement. Here are five nearby landscapes you can still admire today:
Chatou: Renoir’s “prettiest place near Paris”
With the rise of the train, the banks of the Seine became a festive place to enjoy boating and popular dances known as bals. Renoir was a frequent visitor to the Maison Fournaise, a famous guinguette in Chatou. This enchanting setting served as a backdrop for one of his most famous paintings: Le déjeuner des canotiers (Luncheon of the Boating Party). The place still exists. Currently closed for renovations, the Fournaise will soon reopen its doors to welcome you to its famous terrace overlooking the Seine. The setting immortalised by Renoir is just as it was!
Renoir fan? Be sure to head to the Musée Fournaise. Its new immersive exhibit will let you in on the famous artist’s secrets – told by Renoir himself, in hologram!
Renoir was not the only one to have visited Chatou and its surroundings. Walking or cycling along one of the Impressionist pathways, you can admire the landscapes immortalised by Claude Monet or Berthe Morisot.
Ile de la Jatte: Backdrop for a Seurat masterpiece
Not far away, in Levallois-Perret, the Île de la Jatte also attracted many artists, including Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. But it was Georges Seurat, inventor of the so-called divisionist technique, or pointillism, who brought this place worldwide fame with his masterpiece Un dimanche après-midi à l’Ile de la grande Jatte (A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte). A 4 km pathway will allow you to discover this charming little island and admire the views that inspired paintings.
Moret-sur-Loing: Home to Alfred Sisley
Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley spent the last 20 years of his life in this charming little medieval town, where he painted the surroundings from every angle! A route dotted with reproductions of the artist’s paintings will guide you to the various sites that inspired him. You’ll see that the charm of this village, located an hour outside Paris, has remained intact.
Yerres: Gustave Caillebotte estate
For almost 20 years, the famous Impressionist artist spent his summers here at his family’s country residence. The estate and its superb 11-hectare park (accessible free of charge) bordering the Yerres River inspired more than 80 paintings! And it’s easy to imagine yourself in the painter’s shoes, as the preservation of the estate is so exceptional. The landscapes seen by Caillebotte have not changed! To find out more, you can rent a touchscreen tablet and discover the property via augmented reality. Compare the paintings painted by the artist and the setting today. A dazzling experience!
After wandering through the park, you’ll visit the house. Fully restored and refurbished as at the time of the painter, you will discover the intimate world where the artist lived. The dining room, lounge and billiard room have been completely renovated and the family bedroom has been fitted with its original Empire furniture. A real journey back in time!
Auvers-sur-Oise: Open-air museum
Vincent van Gogh moved to Auvers-sur-Oise in 1890. He spent the last 70 days of his life there, an extraordinarily prolific period during which he produced more than 80 paintings, before dying in tragic circumstances shrouded in mystery. Today, Auvers-sur-Oise is a real open-air museum, as traces of the famous artist’s presence are still palpable. A walking route will allow you to wander through the village and discover the many vantage points – most of them still intact – that inspired him. An outside game of “Spot the Difference”!
Take the opportunity to discover the many attractions in town: from the Ravoux Inn (closed in 2021), with the room where the painter lived out his days; to the house of Dr. Gachet, who looked after Van Gogh during his stay; to the home-atelier of Charles François Daubigny, whom Van Gogh greatly admired. Be sure to stop by the Absinthe Museum to learn all about the artists’ elixir of choice, and the Château d’Auvers, which will take you on a journey back in time by retracing the history of Impressionism.
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