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Walk in Barbizon, the famous painters’ village

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Walk in Barbizon, the famous painters’ village

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Walk in Barbizon, the famous painters’ village

I had a transfer from the airport Orly to Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, but for that I had a whole day because my flight arrived around 8:00 am and my next flight was at 21:00. So I decide to rent a car and go to Barbizon, village of painters of pre-Impressionists in France. Barbizon is 30 minutes from Paris, by car.

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Barbizon

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Barbizon

The village of Barbizon became famous with “Barbizon School” which designates the geographical and spiritual center of a colony of landscape painters who wish to work “after nature”.

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Barbizon

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Barbizon

The Barbizon school of painters were part of an art movement towards Realism in art, which arose in the context of the dominant Romantic Movement of the time.

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Barbizon

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Barbizon

It was in this house that the painter Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) lived since his arrival at Barbizon in 1849 until his death in 1875. It is also in this workshop he painted canvases that he was famous: the Angelus, the Gleaners … The Angelus is -with the Mona Lisa – the most famous painting in the world.

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Barbizon

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The Gleaners (Des glaneuses) is an oil painting by Jean-François Millet completed in 1857. It depicts three peasant women gleaning a field of stray grains of wheat after the harvest.

Location: Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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Barbizon

Theodore Rousseau settles in the 1830s with the objective to Barbizon to paint nature directly from life, as it is, where the atmosphere is given by the light and climate and not by the internal atmosphere fantastic and romantic painters that acted out in their pictures.

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Barbizon

Its founding members were Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875), Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878), Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) and Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867). Théodore Caruelle d’Aligny (1798-1871) and Lazarus Bruandet (1755-1804) are considered precursors.

As for realist artists, the will to represent what we see in the work of ridding any reference related to the romantic imagination is felt in a group of painters specialized in landscape painting.

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Barbizon

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Barbizon

I took my lunch at Hotellerie Bas-Breau, former hunting lodge on the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau.

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Barbizon Bas-Breau

Robert Louis Stevenson  was during his stay at the Hotellerie du Bas-Breau as the novel “The Treasure Island” was written in 1883.

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Barbizon Bas-Breau

Robert Louis Stevenson, writer of The Treasure Island, which is sometimes considered as an author of adventure novels or fantastic stories for teenagers, but his work has another dimension: it has also been greeted with enthusiasm by the greatest of his contemporaries and successors.

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Barbizon

When I came to Barbizon, I was very lucky to be almost alone on the streets because Barbizon lives mainly of domestic and international tourism. High Barbizon tourist season runs from Easter to October. This is 35 thousand visitors a year, according to data from the old tourist office.

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Barbizon

Access by road from Paris:

South Highway A6 towards Lyon,

Take exit for Fontainebleau / Milly Forest / Barbizon

Continue on D637 towards Fontainebleau

Take exit towards BARBIZON VILLAGE-D64

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