You may not need a private 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 a private Paris Luxury Tour of Impressionist art in Paris and the Île de France, the many smaller museums that are home to wonderful Impressionist works. We are amazed how many have never set foot in the Marmottan Monet Museum.
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. That gives you an opportunity to compare the art with what the artist saw, and enter their minds and visions.
Let us drive you to Monet’s Argenteuil bridge 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 Asnières or Van Gogh’s church at Auvers-sur-Oise.
For this private tour we provide a guide who has extensive biographical knowledge of the men and women who launched and defined Impressionism. Our guides are also well-acquainted with what the Impressionist artists tried to accomplish, the obstacles they overcame and some of the techniques they evolved to accomplish their purposes. This knowledge is shared in an enjoyable way with you and will help evince the extent of their accomplishments. We also can bring to life key events that delineated their path to recognition and success.
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 Grenouillère 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-Bière (where Sisley, Monet and Renoir lodged on the edge of the Fontainebleau forest and set up easels in the open air). We can easily incorporate visits to some of these sites in your tour.