An Encounter with Claude Monet and his intimate universe
Departure from your Parisian residence with our private chauffeur
Period: May to October
In the heart of impressionism.
In the late nineteenth century, Paris became a centre of international culture where many American artists and students came to practice their art. This tour goes to the birthplace of impressionism. On the program, the inescapable beauty of Claude Monet’s house and garden you finish in Paris at the Marmottan-Monet Museum. Your guide will be at your side, walk you through the lanes to discover the soul of the place, and recount the many stories that turned this little village into the capital of impressionism.
This circuit, a delicate balance between light and nature, goes direct to the cradle of impressionism. You will understand why Claude Monet’s great friend, Theodore Robinson, and many other artists all came to live here. Artists like Mary Cassatt, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Louis Ritter, Theodore Wendel and John Leslie Breck, came to grasp and discover that moment of truth that the idiosyncrasies of this exceptional nature offer. Depending on the discovery route and length of time chosen, our clients are welcomed by exceptional guides and personalities, all of whom share our core values of ‘The Art of Receiving’. You will fall for the charm of the unexpected and picturesque sites. You will delight in the gentle enthusiasm with which our clients are served. This day ends in Paris at the Marmottan-Monet Museum you can admire the original paintings of Claude Monet.
Departure from Paris at 8.00am
A short hour from Paris, you will enter Giverny, and take on the mantle of a painter as you cross the village. On entering his house, you feel Claude Monet’s spirit come to the fore, like the time he spent painting the garden and lily pond. We will guide you through Giverny, with its many inspirational facets and the temporary exhibition at the Impressionist Museum.
Lunch: How could Willard Leroy Metcalf, the American impressionist painter, have ever imagined, that by setting up his easel at Angelina Baudy’s Hôtel des Peintres in 1886, we could now, more than a century later, eat in this dining room. Cézanne, Mary Cassat, Sisley and so many other impressionists discussed and often argued about impressionism in this same room. The lunch is straightforward, but the setting will transport you back in history.
Afternoon: We will drive you to a countryside where the winding Seine and Epte rivers, the sheer cliffs and the rolling hills, are a guaranteed change of scenery. You will immediately see why John Leslie Beck, Metcalf, Louis Ritter, Theodore Wendel and Claude Monet’s great friend, Theodore Robinson, all stopped here to capture the truth and the particularity that the setting and nature offer.
Return to Paris around 3.30pm: A visit to the Marmottan Monet Museum.
Hidden in Paris’ sixteenth district, in this authentic hunting lodge, you will discover the impressionist movement’s works of art, with the largest collection of Claude Monet’s work in the world.