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The valley of painters

The valley of painters

The valley of painters between Berry and Limousin is the north of the Creuse valley “Everything ignites the imagination… everything tightens the heart” says George Sand, amazed, discovering Crozant. This landscape is “so rich that the painter doesn’t know where to stop”, she said.

On the footsteps of the Impressionist painters!

Claude Monet, Armand Guillaumin, Francis Picabia, among others, immortalize the landscapes of the confluence of the two Creuses, the banks of the Sédelle, the ancient fortress of Crozant, the light, the rocks and the heathers of this Valley, through their impressionist works.

Hundreds of artists set up their easels in the heart of this preserved and wild nature, on the steep paths of this valley, as our contemporary artists continue to do, following in their footsteps. You can do the same by following in their footsteps, your discovery notebook in hand and follow the Sentier des Peintres, a short loop marked with bookmarks honouring Claude Monet’s work.

Exhibition venues!

Many exhibitions are on display, notably at the Espace Monet-Rollinat in Fresselines or at the Museum of Art and Archaeology in Guéret, which has dedicated a room to impressionist painting. You can also push the doors of the many studios of painters, each more talented than the next, all dedicated to showcasing their beloved Creuse.

Not to mention a superb site recently opened to visitors: Hôtel Lépinat, a modern site, using new technologies, dedicated to the history of the Valley’s painters.

A thousand colourful activities

Rich in its varied landscapes, the valley also offers many activities whether you are sporty or contemplative. Water, our precious element, lends itself to swimming from the shores arranged for family games, to play sports on canoes or pedal boats, or to the star walk to discover its shores “differently”. For the more adventurous, climbing is also practiced on the steep cliffs of our gorges for intense emotions.

Finally, for garden lovers, come and appreciate this beautiful harmony that reigns in this valley, between man and nature, during your visits to the Arboretum of the Sédelle or the Jardins Clos du Préfons.

Today, the Valley has changed somewhat, but nature retains control so that other painters can plant their easels there so that their eyes and hearts can in turn compose their landscape works.

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“Everything ignites the imagination… everything tightens the heart” says George Sand, amazed, discovering Crozant. This landscape is “so rich that the painter doesn’t know where to stop”, she said.

The valley of painters

Let yourself be seduced

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