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- Paris, backdrop to Impressionism
- The Musée d’Orsay and other museums: roots to inspiration
- From Renoir to Van Gogh, between Chatou and Auvers-sur-Oise
- In the heart of the landscape, Barbizon, Moret-sur-Loing and Fontainebleau
In the heart of the landscape, Barbizon, Moret-sur-Loing and FontainebleauRenoir 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.
They were neither from the same generation (Jean-François Millet was twenty-five years older than Alfred Sisley), nor of the same nationality (Sisley was English, Millet French, from Lower Normandy) but they shared the same passion: the love for the beautiful landscapes of Seine-et-Marne. It all began with Millet, considered a ‘modernist realistic’ painter. He who later inspired Monet, Pissarro and Van Gogh, fell in love with the landscapes surrounding the pretty village of Barbizon, where he moved for good and found inspiration in the powerful scenes of peasants working in the fields. In his studio (which presents some of the artist’s original engravings and drawings and is well worth a visit), he painted his finest works: The Angelus, The Gleaners, The Man with the hoe or The Sower...
It is in the Auberge Ganne that Millet created the Barbizon school with his friends Théodore Rousseau and Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. Together, they decided to paint light in the most natural way possible. This place, which later became the Departmental Museum of Barbizon painters (associated with the house and studio of Théodore Rousseau), now showcases a hundred works by the masters of that period. Cityvision takes you from the Musée d'Orsay to this unique place and its naturally magical charm where you can visit Millet’s studio and the Auberge Ganne.
A few kilometres from Barbizon, in Moret-sur-Loing, Sisley decided to paint less natural landscapes. From the medieval doors of the beautiful town, its buildings and the banks of the river, he created paintings such as The Canal du Loing, The Church at Moret (evening)... Visit this village through the ‘Point Sisley’ route that gives you the opportunity to discover all these places. Closer to Barbizon is another favourite area of the Impressionists: the forest of Fontainebleau. Everything here, whether it is sandstone rocks, sandy deserts or gorges, valleys, oak, beech and chestnut trees, was painted by the members of the Barbizon School. The Fontainebleau Tourist Office organizes many discovery tours.
For more information, see the guide ‘Fontainebleau and its surroundings.’
The new Paris Ile-de-France suggests you some routes to visit Paris according to your desires: culture, architecture, fashion, shopping, jazz, contemporary art, nightlife … or according to the places you want to see: Belleville, Ménilmontant, Montmartre, The Marais, The Latin Quarter, Rive gauche, Concorde, La Défense, Versailles, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Notre Dame… Organize your week-end or family trip with your children in Paris, France.