THE "ART ET LUMIÈRE" EXHIBITION

The Eau & Lumière Association has been proposing a "turnkey" exhibition "Art et Lumière, paysages, loisirs et impressionnisme en Val de Seine" ("Art and light, landscapes, leisure and impressionism in Val de Seine") since 2012.

 

Designed for local and regional authorities, companies and associations (whether or not they are members of "EAU & LUMIÈRE"), it is intended to be integrated to their program of cultural and educational activities.

 

Striving for excellence, it consists of reproductions of very high quality impressionist paintings, accompanied by explanatory and didactic panels retracing the Impressionist adventure along the Seine valley and the Normandy coasts. The exhibition framework is based on Monique Lucenet’s book "Impressionnisme en Seine" (published by Les Itinéraires), which can also be considered as an excellent catalog…

open up museums AROUND the world AND OFFER THE VERY ESSENCE OF IMPRESSIONISM…

Impressionism finds its roots in the colours, the lights and the landscapes of the Seine valley…

Several thousands of paintings are set near its shores and its immediate surroundings: the harbours, villages, bridges, boats, sailboats ; they magnify the changing effects of the water and the sky.

Life along the riverbanks and human activities have inspired the greatest painters:

Boudin, Caillebotte, Cassatt, Daubigny, Degas, Fréchon, Guillaumin, Jongkind, Lebourg, Lépine, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Pinchon, Pissarro, Renoir, Rouart, Seurat, Signac, Sisley, Van Gogh…

 

 The exhibition intends to gather some of their most representative works going through the Val de Seine, from the foliage of the forest of Fontainebleau to the outmost reach of the sanctuary and the Normandy coasts.

It is a great opportunity to schedule a cultural event of general interest accessible to all, the didactic purpose of which will be appreciated by the teachers and their pupils, who will be able to extend the exercise to their school activities.

It is the occasion to raise the public awareness as to the wealthiness of the sites they pass by everyday and to their extraordinary worldwide renown. The initiative aims at opening up the museums around the world and offering the best to the public….

THE EXHIBITION, OF A HIGH ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL LEVEL, WAS MADE TO SEDUCE THE PUBLIC

It intends to be of an irreproachable quality: the most recent depiction techniques have been chosen in order to render perfectly the impressionist colours.

The explanatory texts have been written by the Associate Professor and historian Monique Lucenet, author of several books on the Impressionists, and in particular "La Grande Jatte. Belle Isle en Seine" (2008), second edition in 2016, "La Seine Impressionniste. Itinéraire artistique et touristique" published in 2011, "Impressionnisme en Seine" (2014) et "Balades Impressionnistes en Bord de Seine" (2016). For more information, please refer to the bookshop.

THIS ROUTE RECALLS THE PLACES THAT HAVE INSPIRED THE IMPRESSIONISTS AND ORIGINATED UNIVERSALLY FAMOUS TREASURES, WHICH MAKE THE PRIDE OF THE GREATEST MUSEUMS:

  • Barbizon School, Bourron-Marlotte, Chailly-en-Bière and the Fontainebleau forest, crucible of the impressionism…
  • Moret-sur-Loing and its surroundings, Thomery, Valvins, By, Samois, Saint-Mammès, Veneux-les-Sablons…
  • Melun and its surroundings: Champrosay, Maincy, Yerres…
  • Paris, hub of Impressionism…
  • The first loop of the Seine, West of Paris: the Island of la Grande Jatte (Neuilly and Levallois), Issy, Boulogne, Meudon, Sèvres, Saint-Cloud, Suresnes, Puteaux, Courbevoie, Asnières, Clichy, Nanterre, Colombes, Bois-Colombes, La Garenne-Colombes, Epinay-sur-Seine, l’Ile Saint-Denis, Villeneuve-la-Garenne …
  • Argenteuil, Bezons and Petit-Gennevilliers, Carrières-sur-Seine…
  • The boaters’ heaven: Bougival, Rueil-Malmaison, Chatou and the Island of Impressionists, Louveciennes, La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Marly-le-Roi, Port-Marly, Croissy and La Grenouillère, Le Pecq and Saint-Germain, Le Vésinet, Montesson, Le Mesnil-le-Roi…
  • Herblay’s loop: Maisons-Laffitte, Cormeilles-en-Parisis, La Frette-sur-Seine, Sartrouville, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Andrésy…
  • The detour via the Oise department: L’Isle-Adam, Osny, Le Mesnil-Théribus, Auvers-sur-Oise, Chaponval,
  • Méry-sur-Oise and Pontoise…
  • The Île-de-France borders: Mantes, Limay, Poissy, La Roche-Guyon, Épône, Médan, Vétheuil, Lavacourt, Port-Villez, Bonnières, Bennecourt, Mézières-sur-Seine, Verneuil-sur-Seine, Triel-sur-Seine, Rosny-sur-Seine, Rolleboise…
  • Normandy, from Giverny to Rouen: Vernon, Gaillon, Château-Gaillard and Les Andelys, Louviers, Pont-de-l’Arche, Amfreville, Elbeuf, Oissel, Gisors, Éragny and Bazincourt-sur-Epte.…
  • The loops of the Seine, from Rouen to the Normandy bridge: La Bouille, Sahurs, Duclair, Caudebec-en-Caux, Villequier, Quillebeuf, the Vernier marshlands…
  • The West of the estuary: the Calvados, Honfleur and the Floral Coast, Trouville, Deauville, Villerville, Villers-sur-mer, the Touques valley, Fervaques, the Pearl Coast, le Bessin, Port-en-Bessin, Grandcamp, le Pays d’Auge, norman Switzerland …
  • Le Havre and Sainte-Adresse, Étretat, Fécamp and the Alabaster Coast, Varengeville, Pourville, Dieppe…

To date, the "Art et Lumière, paysages, loisirs et impressionnisme en Val de Seine" ("Art and light, landscapes, leisure and impressionism in Val de Seine") exhibition has been shown 13 times in the Paris region and in Val de Creuse : in Crozant (Creuse) and Gargilesse (Indre), a specific extension "Val de Creuse" has been created on this occasion.

 

Argenteuil (Val de Marne). September-October 2015


Osny (Val de Marne). September 2014


Andrésy (Yvelines). September 2014


Gargilesse (Indre). Summer 2014


Barbizon (Seine et Marne). September 2013


Crozant (Creuse). Summer 2013


Poissy-sur-Seine (Yvelines). May-June 2013


Samois-Sur-Seine (Seine et Marne). May 2013


Médan (Yvelines). April 2013


Moret-sur-Loing (Seine et Marne). March 2013


Port-Marly (Yvelines). February 2013


Limay (Yvelines). January 2013


Bougival (Yvelines). October 2012

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