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Paris Ile-de-France, destination: Impressionism

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Paris Ile-de-France, destination: Impressionism - From Renoir to Van Gogh, between Chatou and Auvers-sur-Oise, Chatou

From Renoir to Van Gogh, between Chatou and Auvers-sur-Oise

Fascinated by natural light, the Impressionists often left Paris for the Ile-de-France. To each painter his favourite place: Renoir chose Chatou and the banks of the Seine river. As for Van Gogh, he chose to paint the superb buildings of Auvers sur Oise.

Auguste Renoir was a prolific all-rounder. This enthusiastic artist from Limoges created over six thousand paintings of all types: portraits, nudes, landscapes, still lives... But he had a preference for the landscape and the gay scenes of daily life! Like his close friends Monet and Sisley, he loved spending hours in the open air painting as much as partying at colourful tavern dances. After having painted in Montmartre his famous Dance at Le moulin de la Galette, he decided to look for new places both festive and tranquil. He found his ideal spot on the Island of Chatou, near Paris, in the Yvelines department. Now known as the ‘Island of the Impressionists’, it hosts the famous restaurant La Maison Fournaise, that features in The Déjeuner des Canotiers.

Paris Ile-de-France, destination: Impressionism - From Renoir to Van Gogh, between Chatou and Auvers-sur-Oise, La Maison Fournaise

The island and the restaurant are as magical as ever and identical to the paintings they have inspired. Discover these treasures of nature through Paris Canal and its Ile des impressionnistes cruise: from the Musée d'Orsay to the Island of Chatou for lunch, then a visit to the Musée Fournaise. Cityvision also organizes a tour from Paris, with a visit to Monet’s Giverny, lunch at the Musée Fournaise in Chatou and a visit to the Musée de l’Orangerie. Would you like to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the dance taverns of the time? Then head to the Val-de-Marne (accessible by public transport from Paris) and its famous taverns so appreciated by the Impressionists: Chez Gégène at Joinville Le Pont or the Guinuette de l'Ile du Martin Pêcheur in Champigny-sur-Marne. Or soak up the festive atmosphere at the Bal des Canotiers taking place on June 16th at Bougival.

Paris Ile-de-France, destination: Impressionism - From Renoir to Van Gogh, between Chatou and Auvers-sur-Oise, Auberge RavouxAnother favourite place, another legendary artist: Auvers-sur-Oise and Vincent Van Gogh. As Renoir in Chatou, the Post-impressionist artist painted every corner of this stone village surrounded by forests and wheat fields that has remained unchanged since the 19th century. In his paintings, you can see the church, the narrow streets, the surrounding landscape... The village is also a museum. The Château d'Auvers offers a tour with videos and slideshows of paintings by Impressionist masters named "Voyage au Temps des Impresionnsites", and hosts every spring a superb Iris Festival, Les Irisiades. The Auberge Ravoux presents the life of Van Gogh, which famously ended in its room No. 5. The Musée de l'Absinthe exhibits all the objects linked to this spirit that was the favourite drink of the artists of the 19th century. Also visit the House and studio of Daubigny, the first Impressionist artist, and the House of Dr. Gachet, who treated Pissarro, Cézanne and Guillaumin. To get to this magical place, you can choose to go by train (direct from Paris Gare du Nord from 30th March to 3rd November 2013), hire a 2CV with 4 roues sous 1 parapluie or by minibus with Cityvision (from Montmartre with lunch at the Auberge de Ravoux and a visit to the village).

Paris Ile-de-France, destination: Impressionism - From Renoir to Van Gogh, between Chatou and Auvers-sur-Oise, Auvers-sur-Oise

For more information, see the guide about Auvers-sur-Oise.

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