A place that impresses
In the 19th century and until the eve of World War II, the Creuse Valley attracts many painters who find on site landscapes with ideal proportions. Impressionists also make the trip to Crozant. Thus was born the School of Crozant which will unjustly fall into oblivion. Let’s go in the footsteps of artists as illustrious as Monet, Guillaumin and Picabia.
Leaving their studio to paint outdoors, this is what some painters of the nineteenth century were thinking. From 1830, they go to plant their easels in the Creuse Valley, attracted by a traditional countryside that smells good farm and where at the edge of rivers turn the wheels of mills. After the so-called “academic” painters paved the way, settling in Crozant, Gargilesse or Fresselines, came the turn of the impressionists. Among the great ones who make the School of Crozant, Claude Monet paints in Fresselines his very first series that he dedicates to the confluence of the two Creuse, the big and the small. Francis Picabia him tries with the Sedelle.