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Come and feel the creative atmosphere of the Barbizon School, an artistic current that opened the door to Impressionism.

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Musée de l’Ecole de Barbizon

Musée départemental des peintres de Barbizon

Come and feel the creative atmosphere of the Barbizon School, an artistic current that opened the door to Impressionism.


In the 19th-century, the small village of Barbizon bore witness artistic discovery.

The Barbizon School originally began as a movement among landscape painters, such as Rousseau, Millet and Corot, that came to find inspiration in the neighbouring forest of Fontainbleau.

L’auberge Ganne, which at the time housed the painters, is now a museum. The museum has re-created the warm atmosphere  of the inn.  In addition to the major paintings  « Peintres dans la Forêt de Fontainebleau » (Painters in the Forest) of Jules Coignet, Jean-François Millet and Narcisse Diaz de la Peña, the site also boasts furniture decorated by the artists and even graffiti on the walls!  Discover how the painters of Barbizon lived and worked in the 19th-century, in a video on the subject.

The home and workshop of Theodore Rousseau is just a few feet from the Inn, and regularly presents temporary exhibitions.


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