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The Valley of Painters

"Everything inflames the imagination… everything touches the heart," George Sand said amazed when discovering Crozant. This landscape is "so rich the artist doesn't know where to stop," she continued.

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Vallée des Peintres Tourist Office
81 Grande Rue
Tél. 05 55 89 24 61

Following in the footsteps of the Impressionist painters

Claude Monet, Armand Guillaumin, Francis Picabia, amongst others, immortalised the landscapes of the confluence of the two Creuse Rivers, the banks of the Sédelle River, the ruins of Crozant, the light, the rocks and the heather of this Valley through their Impressionist paintings. Hundreds of artists set up their easels in the heart of this unspoilt and wild nature on the steep paths of this valley, as do modern artists today following in their footsteps. You can do the same in tracing their steps, discovery booklet in hand, and follow the Painters’ Walk, a short loop marked with bollards depicting works by Claude Monet.

Numerous exhibitions are open for visiting, notably the Maurice Rollinat Space in Fresselines or the Guéret Museum of Art and Archaeology that has a hall dedicated to Impressionist painting. You can also open the doors to numerous studios of talented artists all dedicated to showcasing their beloved Creuse.

Activities with a thousand colours

Rich with its varied scenery, the Valley also offers numerous activities whether you are athletic or contemplative. Water, our most precious element, lends itself to swimming from the managed banks for family games, athletic games on a canoe or a pedalo, or an outing on a boat to discover the banks in a “different way”. For the most courageous, climbing is possible on the sheer cliffs of our gorges to guarantee thrills.

Finally for garden lovers, come and appreciate the beautiful harmony between man and nature that reigns in this valley when visiting the Sédelle Arboretum, the Clos du Préfons Gardens and not forgetting the Bergeraie Garden.

Today, the Valley has changed a bit, but nature has kept control so that other painters set down their easels in order that their eyes and their hearts take their turn in creating their landscape paintings.