Vallée des Peintres
Painter's Valley

This multimedia tour takes you to the heart of the history of Painters’ Valley in Crozant. Discover the landscapes Impressionist artists were so very fond of.

1h15
3,8km
Steps
Departure :
1.
Painting, tapestry and fire arts

Thanks to this video, discover the history of Hôtel Lépinat, where artists used to meet and reside during their stay in Crozant.

Complete your tour by visiting the brand new multimedia museum which was built inside the hotel.

2.
Painting, tapestry and fire arts

Since the late 19th century, several artists have come to set their workshops up here. The building’s current owner, Jean-Marie LABERTHONNIERE is a painter. He will gladly tell you all about the history of the workshop.

3.
Memory and destinies of men, Painting, tapestry and fire arts

Impressionist painter Armand Guillaumin is one of the pillars of what is now called the « Crozant School ». Listen to this audioguide to find out more about Guillaumin.

4.
Castles, Painting, tapestry and fire arts

You are standing above the spectacular ruins of the citadel of Crozant. This audioguide explains how artists were greatly attracted to Crozant and the Painters’ Valley, and how the landscape has changed over the years.

The citadel is open for tours several times during the year. For further details, please click here.

5.

Look at the circular granite stone at the angle of the church. What do you think it is?

6.
Landscape, garden and agricultural heritage, Painting, tapestry and fire arts

The panorama before you offers a splendid view of the Crozant ruins and of « Rocher de la Fileuse » (« Spinner’s rock »), on the opposite river bank, on the Berry side of the river Creuse. This video, illustrated by many Impressionist paintings, tells you about the legend of Rocher de la fileuse. It also evokes the memory of Brigand mill, which no longer exists.

7.

This « healing fountain », dedicated to Saint Placid, was said to cure abdominal pain. However, legend had it that if people wanted the healing powers to work, they also had to :

8.
Painting, tapestry and fire arts

In this interview, historian Christophe RAMEIX explains why Impressionists were so fond of Moulin de la Folie, and why it was often depicted in their paintings.

9.
Landscape, garden and agricultural heritage, Painting, tapestry and fire arts

Water is difficult to paint. Yet, the Sédelle riverside was one of the Impressionist artists’ favourite subjects. This video explains which riverside elements were essential to the artists who came here.

10.
Painting, tapestry and fire arts

Another interview with Christophe RAMEIX, in which the relationship between artists and the Charraud bridge is explained. Charraud bridge was Guillaumin’s favourite site.

11.
Landscape, garden and agricultural heritage, Painting, tapestry and fire arts

This audioguide explains how Crozant’s heather massif inspired an extremely popular pictorial movement and a worldwide commercial success.

12.
Traditions and beliefs

The stone crosses which can be found all over Crozant have a peculiar shape. Listen to the audioguide for more information.

13.
Memory and destinies of men, Painting, tapestry and fire arts

The town of Crozant ordered a memorial stele to honour Georges Hanna Sabbagh, who painted Crozant for ten years. This audioguide will tell you all about Sabbagh.

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