A bucolic walk on the Island of the Impressionists in Chatou

By Violaine D. Photos by Violaine D. Published on June 22, 2022 at 4:21 p.m.

A few stations from Paris, taking the RER A, stop off in the footsteps of the Impressionists at Chatou, for a pleasant stroll along the water.

In the past, several corners of theIle-de-France have inspired them impressionist painters. No need to mention the well-known Giverny or Auvers-sur-Oise. Closer to Paris, between the municipalities of Kitten and of Rueil-Malmaisonis located thereIsland of the Impressionistshighly prized by certain painters in the second half of the 19th centurylike Monet, Renoir, Degas

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From the station of Kitten, two ways to reach it, according to your desires. To go directly to Park of the Impressionists, – extending over 7 hectares – take the bridge that runs along the railway line, five minutes from the station. Here, calm and tranquility await you in this large park planted with trees. Seine.

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Another alternative: go for a jump (in time) to the Furnace Hamletlocated opposite theisland by crossing the bridge Kitten a little further. Here, the Bessières contemporary art gallery rubs shoulders with the more traditional furnace museum. Not so classic by the way, since it offers an immersive exhibition on Renoir, where you can meet the painter’s hologram!

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Just behind, admire the colorful facades of the Fournaise restaurant, a former renowned guinguette-hotel. The opportunity to enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the rooms with 19th century murals. Or quietly installed on his terracethat Renoir captured from his brush for his canvas Luncheon of the Boating Party.

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In fine weather, it is possible to take a ride in one of the boats that theSequana association restores. And at the sight of these canoes gently undulating under the slow waves of the Seine, and the banks dotted with wild flowers, we understand why the island inspired so much the Impressionist painters.

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