STEP 14 : La Celle Dunoise to Crozant 19,5 km
La Celle Dunoise
The very picturesque village of La Celle-Dunoise appears as a haven of peace. Clinging to a hillside in the Creuse valley, the village seems to be an islet emerging from the greenery.Since the middle of the 19th century, many painters have succumbed to the charm of the beautiful panorama of La Celle Dunoise and the great meander of the Sillons. At the entrance to the village, a painting by Eugène Alluaud, one of the leading representatives of the Crozant School, is on display for the visitor to see. From Glénic to Crozant, the Valley of the Impressionist Painters no longer counts the panoramic and sometimes more intimate sites that have been the work of so many famous painters.
The charm of the landscapes of Fresseline, where water holds an important place, has seduced many artists landscape painters since the 19th century, when Maurice Rollinat started to live in this village and instaured an artistic tradition that is still here. The two Creuse, the banks of the Sédelle, the ruins of Crozant and the rocks and the heathers of the Painters are immortalized by Monet, Guillaumin and Picabia…
In the middle of the meanders of the Creuse and the Sédelle, the ruins of the Crozant fortress (11th and 12th centuries), dominate, telling the history of the castle, which was a powerful place in the region. Seat of the struggles between Lusignan, Capetian and Plantagenet, the site, which was sublimated by Georges Sand and immortalized by impressionist painters such as Guillaumin and Picabia.
Path of Interpretation : The landscapes of the Valley of the Painters are at the origin of the two interpretation trails to be discovered in the interactive notebook.