Fresselines is a quaint little village, located at the confluence of the two Creuses, which unveils tumultuous waters and steep coastlines that Claude Monet immortalized through a series of twenty-four paintings, or the local artist Gaston Thiery, who settled there in turn. Maurice Rollinat, a Berrichon poet, was also inspired by the landscape of Fresselines, which he evokes in his collections of poetry.

Evocation of Claude Monet and Maurice Rollinat

Maurice Rollinat, famous poet-musician, settled in Fresselines in 1884. He receives at home many of his friends musicians, writers, poets, painters … such as Maillaud, Detroy, Sutel, Alluaud and Gustave Geffroy, link between him and Claude Monet. It was in 1889 that Claude Monet came to spend 3 months in Fresselines “It’s superb here, with a terrible wildness that reminds me of Belle-Ile…” 24 paintings are born from his presence on the banks of the Creuse. He reveals the wild aspect of the Creuse Valley, whole and changing with the light.

The Interpretation Center Espace Monet-Rollinat rightly pays homage to them, presenting exhibition rooms dedicated to them. But today it is also a place of contemporary creation offering ua rich cultural program of exhibitions, conferences, master classes, workshops for all audiences in this unique place. This year discover superb exhibitions dedicated to Gaston Thiery and Léon Detroy.

Interpretation Trail – 3 km circuit

“The murmur of the seeming waters” on theinterpretation trail “in the footsteps of Monet”in Fresselines is a stroll along the Creuse River.The life and work of the impressionist painter Claude Monet and the poet-musician Maurice Rollinat are evoked by those who once crossed their path. From the anonymous painter to the simple peasant, they all speak up to tell the story of daily life in the villages, meetings with artists, plein air painting and its difficulties at the end of the 19th century.

Garden Les Gargalhous

A nice walk also awaits you in the heart of a contemporary garden “Les gargalhous”, perched on a beautiful hill. Come and discover the important collection of old, botanical and modern roses, but also irises, peonies, asters or other rare flowers perfectly placed in this collector’s garden. This garden is designed like an impressionist canvas where the harmony of colors and shapes is essential…