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Paris Ile-de-France, destination: Impressionism
Whether it is prestigious collections, studios, places and landscapes that inspired the Impressionist painters, follow the guide.
From the 2nd half of the 19th century, Impressionism brought a fresh perspective into painting. Modern and free-spirited, the Impressionists positioned themselves in opposition to Neo-classicism, which they found too restrictive. Fascinated by natural light, landscapes, and scenes of popular life, they took their easels out of their studios at the risk of provoking the wrath of their peers. Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Cézanne, Van Gogh and Manet painted their impressions and created a pictorial movement rooted in their geographical area: Paris and the Ile de France.
Whether it is prestigious collections, studios, places and landscapes that inspired the Impressionist painters, Paris and the Ile-de-France hold the key to the unique history of these great artists: Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, Monet, Manet and Pissarro in Montmartre, Renoir in Chatou... The wealth of Impressionist paintings made in and around Paris shows the importance of the region in the development of this world-famous movement. As Paris and its region has been the backdrop of these masterworks, it is only natural to find some of the most famous examples in the museums of the capital, particularly the Musée d’Orsay.
Take the opportunity of your stay in the land of the Impressionists to explore a rich and rare heritage, only a short distance from Paris, thanks to the many excursions that are organized from the capital. Relive the creation of the Barbizon school in the dance taverns of the Val de Marne, on the Island of Chatou, so dear to Renoir; follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise or discover the sources of inspiration painters found in the forest of Fontainebleau.
A city in metamorphosis, Paris became in 1850 the backdrop for artists turning to modernity. The North of Paris, notably the Montmartre and Batignolles districts, inspired them to paint all the nuances of the real world.
Scene of one of the most famous artistic movements in the world, Paris has preserved over time this special relationship with Impressionism. Once inspiring these artists, the French capital has become the conservatory of their greatest paintings, the Musée d'Orsay housing the most number of works...
Renoir loved festive atmospheres; Monet had a preference for scenes of popular life, while Sisley and Millet opted for landscapes of a thousand colours. These last two painters settled in Seine-et-Marne, East of Paris. The whole department is rich with landscapes which fed the pictorial inspiration of these two artists.
Fascinated by natural light, the Impressionists often left Paris for the Ile-de-France. To each painter his favourite place: Renoir chose Chatou, the banks of the Seine and the Marne rivers. As for Van Gogh, he chose to paint the superb buildings of Auvers sur Oise.