Travelers tracing the paths of the impressionist painters and their successors in France have much to lead them on: birthplaces; former homes; favorite landscapes and cityscapes, some little changed; museums dedicated to the artists or to their works; and burial sites.
Their traces can be found throughout the country, but it was Paris and the adjacent countryside that most fascinated the artists, and it is here that you will find their footprints in greatest abundance, among them:
*Muse'e National du Jeu de Paume, Paris: The gallery, located in the Tuileries Gardens, houses a magnificent collection of Impressionist paintings.
*Muse'e Marmottan, Paris: Another very important collection of Impressionist works in Paris, the gallery displays 130 works by Claude Monet and other paintings from his personal collection by such friends as Renoir, Sisley, Pissarro, Boudin and Signac. Near the Bois de Boulogne.
*Giverny: Monet made his home here from 1883 to 1926, creating his famous garden and lily ponds, which have been restored and can be visited. He is buried in Giverny. About 50 miles northwest of Paris.
*Pontoise: Camille Pissarro lived in this small town on the Oise River, a tributary of the Seine northwest of Paris, from 1866 to 1882. The river views remain much as he and his friends painted them. There is a small Muse'e Pissarro here.
*Auvers: Just north of Pontoise on the Oise, Auvers is the village where Vincent van Gogh committed suicide in 1890 and where he and his brother Theo are buried. An artists' colony, the town, its church and the surrounding countryside were often subjects of van Gogh's paintings.
*The streets of Paris: The boulevards, the cafe's, the parks and the people of the city were all inspirations for the Impressionists.