You may not need a personal bilingual guide to find the more famous museums and galleries in Paris that exhibit fabulous collections of Impressionist art; but you will be delighted to discover, through this tour of Impressionist art in Paris and the Ile de France, the many smaller museums that are home to wonderful Impressionist works.
Moreover, if Impressionism is a passion, you may be fascinated to know that many of the subjects of famous Impressionist works survive, virtually unchanged, to this day; so it is possible to compare what the artist painted with the original.
Let us drive you to Monet’s Argenteuil bridge, Vetheuil church, and his Gare St. Lazare. Visit Renoir’s Bougival and Chatou, Sisley’s Port Marly, Moret-sur-Loing, Louveciennes, and Courances, Pissarro’s Voisins and Pontoise, Seurat’s bridges at Courbevoie and Asnieres or Van Gogh’s church at Auvers-sur-Oise.
Amazingly enough, some of the old haunts of the Impressionists can still be visited: the Closerie de Lilas in Montparnasse (where Bazille and Renoir quaffed beer and exchanged ideas with Fantin-Latour), La Grenouillere bathing spot on Croissy Island (which Kenneth Clark described as ‘the birthplace of Impressionism,’ where Monet and Renoir painted side by side), and the White Horse Inn at Chailly-en-Biere (where Sisley, Monet and Renoir lodged on the edge of the Fontainebleau forest and set up easels in the open air).