The following museums and sites are associated with the Impressionists:
IN PARIS: Jeu de Paume museum. Open 9:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.
Marmottan. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Louvre. The section on 19th-century French art contains some pre-Impressionist works, including Millet's "Angelus." Second floor. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and holidays.Montmartre. The museum, which includes models of artists' studios at 17 rue St. Vincent, is open 2:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also visit the Moulin de la Galette, a windmill that inspired Renoir and van Gogh. Nearby is 12 rue Cortot, where Renoir and others stayed. Edgar Degas is buried in Montmartre cemetery.
OUTSIDE PARIS: There are boat trips down the Seine (past the Impressionist sites) in the direction of Mantes. Service is irregular; phone 4624815. The price of a day trip from Paris is about 300 francs.
From Gare St. Lazare, trains leave roughly every 15 minutes for Argenteuil. The station also serves other villages connected with the Impressionists (including Bougival, Chatou, Auvers and Pontoise).
Chatou, Argenteuil, Bougival and Marly-le-roi. All are easily accessible from Paris by train or by car.
Pontoise. The museum dedicated to Pissarro is splendidly situated overlooking the Oise. Open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Auvers-sur-Oise. Visit the 13th-century church painted by van Gogh and the Ravoux Inn, van Gogh's last home. Also see van Gogh's grave in the local cemetery.
Giverny. Visit Monet's house and gardens. Open from April 1 to Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Rouen. See Notre Dame cathedral and the fine arts museum, which is open 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings.sw sk
Honfleur. Euge ne Boudin museum. Open 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 6 p.m., April to September. Closed Tuesdays. The Ferme St. Simeon is open year-round except January. Excursions to Trouville and Etretat.
PRE-IMPRESSIONISTS: Two areas associated with the Pre-Impressionists are:
Barbizon. Visit the Ganne Inn and the Grande Rue, which is lined with artists' studios. See the bell tower that appears in Millet's "Angelus."
Chailly-en-Bie re. The Cheval Blanc inn is worth a visit. Millet and Rousseau are buried in the local cemetery.
READING: "The Real World of the Impressionists," by Yann Le Pichon, describes the sites associated with the Impressionists and is a useful reference book. An outstanding work on the Impressionist movement is "The History of Impressionism," by John Rewald.