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This yr marks 150 years because the beginning of one of many world's best-loved artwork actions – Impressionism. And the place higher to have a good time than this artist's bolthole simply exterior of Paris?

Between 1860 and 1879, La Maison Caillebotte was dwelling to the well-known Impressionist painter Gustave Caillebotte and his household. Today, this peaceable oasis in Yerres, simply 20km south of Paris, provides a fascinating escape for guests the place you may discover the artist's world because it as soon as was, meandering by way of the park alongside the river Yerres to the very coronary heart of his inspiration and creativity.

The main Impressionist website within the Île-de-France area, and the closest to Paris, additionally it is referred to as “the other Giverny”. And nothing right here has modified because the Nineteenth century. So little surprise that in 2021, it was voted France's favourite website within the Île-de-France. It has additionally been acknowledged as being of nationwide significance, with the Maison Caillebotte stamp being issued in 2023.


It was right here on this pastoral idyll that Caillebotte welcomed associates reminiscent of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. Like Monet, who lived in Giverny, and Vincent Van Gogh, who lived in Auvers-sur-Oise on the finish of his life, Gustave Caillebotte's father selected this home as a vacation resort to get away from Parisian life.

The city of Yerres is near Paris and Orly airport, and is on the way in which to the Château de Fontainebleau, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the village of Barbizon (the birthplace of plein-air portray) and the gorgeous village of Moret-sur-Loing, the place Alfred Sisley lived.


Painter and collector

Gustave Caillebotte was an Impressionist painter who performed a key position as a collector and patron of Impressionist artwork and offered monetary assist for his associates Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas and Sisley. Tragically he died aged simply 46, by no means having achieved the celebrity he deserved, however he bequeathed his assortment to the French state, and it turned a cornerstone of Impressionist artwork in French nationwide museums. No doubt he could be delighted that his assortment and a few of his personal work are actually on show on the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. One of his work, 'Partie de Bateaux', was not too long ago purchased by the Fondation Louis Vuitton for €43m, making it one of many best Impressionist work within the Musée d'Orsay, and in addition the most costly. It was painted on the river Yerres, subsequent to the home's grounds. As the house of a rich bourgeois household, the luxurious Maison Caillebotte bears witness to the French artwork de vivre of the Nineteenth century. All of the rooms have been lovingly renovated due to a mortgage from the Mobilier National.

Meanwhile, the park is the right place for a soothing stroll, with its decorative follies dotting the grounds, its vegetable backyard and the attractive river flowing by way of it. Yerres, its park, its river and its vacation lifestyle had been an ideal supply of inspiration for Caillebotte, who painted greater than 80 footage right here.

When it’s good to cease for refreshments, there's a implausible restaurant within the type of Café Gustave, which welcomes people and teams to get pleasure from French dishes and wines in addition to contemporary native produce. It can seat 60 folks inside and as much as 120 on the terrace in superb climate for lunch, dinner and tea time.
It can be an distinctive exhibition venue, with non permanent exhibitions of Impressionist and up to date artwork held within the ornate farmhouse and orangery. Stop by the store to select up presents as nicely.


A particular yr to go to

A day journey could be mixed with a go to within the morning to the Musée d'Orsay, which has its personal wonderful Impressionist assortment, lunch at Café Gustave and a go to to Maison Caillebotte within the afternoon. There are additionally specially-adapted packages for guided excursions and particular provides for these in search of one thing somewhat completely different, reminiscent of Breathing and Relaxation within the Park, Nineteenth-century Group Dance Class, and an Open-air Painting Workshop, to call however a couple of. And final however not least, this yr, Maison Caillebotte is celebrating the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Impressionism: work by Caillebotte shall be exhibited within the painter's studio, and there shall be a collection of conferences by artwork historians specializing within the interval. A particular Impressionist menu primarily based on recipes by Gustave Caillebotte's good friend Claude Monet shall be out there on the restaurant in June 2024.

If you're in search of lodging close to Yerres, the 4-star Les Demeures de Varennes Best Western resort is simply quarter-hour from Maison Caillebotte and provides a spot of leisure and luxurious with a restaurant, spa and swimming pool.

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Explore this Enchanting Impressionist House Just Outside Paris