Follow the route up and down, up your desire.
- An Impressionist Landscape
- On Van Gogh's Trail
- Eat and Drink with the painters from Auvers
- Inspirational Places
- Another Option: The Painter's Path
A few kilometres from Paris, bordered by the forest and the wheat fields, the village of Auvers-sur-Oise has consistently inspired artists, in particular the Impressionists. Stroll through the heart of a painting by Van Gogh, Cezanne or Pissarro...
An Impressionist Landscape
Small stone houses, ivy covered stone walls, rugged paths leading to the wheat fields and the forests that border the Oise... By escaping industrialisation, Auvers-sur-Oise has remained the same since the 19th-century, when Van Gogh, Cezanne and Pissarro came in search of inspiration.
Arriving by train, with the through train from Paris Gare du Nord (direct from Paris on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, from April to October), total immersion into the Impressionist world is immediate. The underground of the train station has been recovered with a coloured fresco, representing the most famous paintings of the painters from Auvers.
Begin your visit to this « museum village » by discovering the universe of the first impressionist painter: Charles-Francois Daubigny. In the centre of the village, la Maison-Atelier de Daubigny plunges you into the world of the artist, smitten by the village of Auvers. Admire the walls on the inside, decorated by Daubigny and his friends: Corot, Daumier and Odinot... and enjoy the lovely flower garden outside.
A short way down the hill, in a Manor house, the Daubigny Museum presents the work of the landscape painter, as well as the work of his son, Karl. You can also take a look at the water-colours, drawings and engravings done by his friends: Jean-Francois Millet or Henry-Joseph Harpignies. The tourist office is located on the ground floor and offers guided tours of the village.