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GUIDED WALKING TOURS FOR GROUPS

The Tourist Office of Bougival organizes exciting guided tours for groups   Tour 1 : In the footsteps of the Impressionists Tour 2 : Vestiges of the “machine de Marly” Tour 3 : Along the Seine river … Tour 4 : Bougival, a village through the centuries   Download leaflet for details Guided walking tours […]

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The locks

The purpose of building a second “Marly Machine”, undertaken under Charles X and later under Napoléon III, was to restore river traffic, by building a lock. The oldest of them was built in 1838 between the Island of La Loge and Gautier Island. Following an increase in the number of small boats passing through its […]

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Bougival’s industrial development

It was not until 1838 that a first lock was built to make sailing possible on the other branch of the Seine, which until then had been unusable. The river very rapidly became the major communication route between Paris and the English Channel. Barge and steamboat traffic, and regular passenger services, became so heavy that […]

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Road from Saint-Germain to Marly – Alfred Sisley

Walking along the Seine and the D113 road, on the right, you pass in front of the Machine buildings which were used to house employees, the administrative buildings and repair workshops. This group of buildings has been listed as a National Heritage Site since 1987. As you go up the ramp by which the Machine […]

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River landing stage

Bougival’s history is closely linked to the Seine. At the time of the Impressionists, the banks of the Seine were full of life and the inhabitants used to indulge in water-related activities. To develop river tourism in Bougival, an 18 m landing stage is now in operation. The landing stage was built on theIsland of La […]

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River stopping place

To promote river tourism in Bougival, the Island of La Chaussée has been equipped with an 18 m stopping place upstream of Bougival bridge.

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Alfred Sisley

Having shared with Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet the enjoyment of painting in the forest of Fontainebleau, Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) went to join his friends beside the Seine at Bougival in about 1870. It was here that his talent as a landscape painter asserted itself, by choosing to depict the peaceful nature of the countryside with its water, trees […]

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The Belle Epoque

In the 19th century, this tranquil spot so close to Paris attracted a number of literary figures (Dumas fils wrote “The Lady of the Camellias” here and Turgenev, etc.) and artists (A. Renoir, C. Monet, A. Sisley, J.L. Gérôme, P. Viardot and G. Bizet who composed “Carmen”, etc.) who would occasionally spend time here. The […]

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Bougival’s Golden Age

The Impressionists This was the time of the “Belle Époque”, with its promenades, its boaters, its guingettes (open-air cafés with dance floors), its restaurants and hotels ! The Boating Party in Bougival and the La Grenouillère Dance in Croissy competed with each other and Parisians jostled each other at them. People went boating everywhere, regattas […]

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Bougival during the reign of the Sun King

In the 17th century, Bougival had 500 inhabitants, but not far away, in Versailles, Louis XIV undertook considerable building work which would eventually disrupt this quiet village of fishermen, winegrowers and small farmers. Indeed, in 1662, Louis XIV decided to build the Château of Versailles and later that of Marly. For 20 years, every possible […]

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Bougival’s origins

While springs gushed forth on the hillsides in contact with clays and marlstone, Bougival’s rivulet, the Drionne, which is canalised today, used to collect this water which long ago formed the valley of “Beudechisilo”. This patronymic, from which the name of our town originates, goes back to the beginning of Merovingian times. As early as […]

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Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot lived and worked in Bougival, at 4 rue de la Princesse where she rented a house and spent every summer between 1881 and 1884 there. During 1982, she spent most of the year at the house with her husband Eugène Manet and her daughter Julie. The house had a very large garden full of […]

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Maurice de Vlaminck

Maurice Vlaminck the self-taught ! Fascinated by music, cycling and writing, his meeting with Derain will give him his vocation of painter! In 1906, Vlaminck (1876-1958) lives in the small village of La Jonchere, situated in the woods near the town of Bougival. Then he resides in the hamlet of St-Michel in Bougival, in this […]

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Claude Monet

Claude Monet (1840-1926) is without doubt one of the leading impressionists. His name became associated with Bougival, where he painted many times, and with Giverny, a little further along the Seine where his house was situated. “Ice Floes on the Seine at Bougival”, winter 1867-1868, oil on canvas 65×81 cm, Paris, Louvre Museum, Hélène and Victor […]

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Auguste Renoir

“Dance at Bougival” – 1883 – Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Although Auguste Renoir did not settle down in Bougival, he had the opportunity of coming to paint on the banks of the Seine on several occasions. In 1868-1869, coming from Louveciennes where his family lived and joining Claude Monet in Bougival, the two of them set up their […]

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Camille Pissarro

A resident of Louveciennes, from spring 1989 until September 1870, then in 1871-1872, Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) was attracted by the banks of the Seine at Bougival. With his friend, Alfred Sisley, he set up his easel near the lock and depicted the activity of barges on the river. Signs of life are apparent, with smoke coming out […]

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Gustave Caillebotte

The Marly Machine painted by Caillebotte provides a fresh approach to the artist, better known as the “painter of modern life”. Choosing to set up his easel upstream of the dam on the Seine, he painted the theme of the Marly machine that was so often depicted in Sisley’s paintings. However, he has a different touch, the […]

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Bougival’s Golden Age

The Impressionists This was the time of the “Belle Époque”, with its promenades, its boaters, its guingettes (open-air cafés with dance floors), its restaurants and hotels. The Boating Party in Bougival and the La Grenouillère Dance in Croissy competed with each other and Parisians jostled each other at them. People went boating everywhere, regattas and jousting events […]

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Albert Lebourg

After spending a few years in Algiers as an art teacher, Albert Lebourg returned to France and exhibited with the Impressionists. He captured fleeting aspects of the valley of the Seine, of La Charente region or Auvergne. In about 1900, his touch became lighter and his subjects brighter.

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Charles Lambinet

Charles Lambinet lived in rue Jomard from 1860 until he died. He painted most of his work in Bougival.

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Louis Français

A student and friend of Corot, Louis Français was a very successful landscape artist. He often stayed in Bougival and preceded Monet and Renoir in depicting the banks of the Seine and the hillside around Bougival. The paintings he exhibited at the Exhibition were accompanied by comments with details and references. Worth mentioning, for example, is “November, Landscape” about […]

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Félicien Rops

“Sunday at Bougival“ is full of lightness. Here, Félicien Rops conjures up the afternoons that he spent at Bougival in the company of Léontine and Aurélie Duluc, two seamstresses who became his companions. It is often said that “Sunday at Bougival“ – 1874 – depicts the two sisters beside the Seine enjoying the water and the sunshine, while […]

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Georges Régnault

Georges Régnault (1898-1978), a painter from Bougival who considered himself to be the “last of the Impressionists”. During his career, he was the Founder and President of Bougival Tourist Information Office in 1962 and was to set up and then lead the Bougival Academy of Painting from 1973. On 21 April 1978, he exhibited at […]

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Jean-Léon Gérôme

Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), a painter and sculptor, and Member of the Academy of Fine Arts, owned a workshop on the quays in Bougival. He used to spend many hours there during the summer months and entertained artists from the surrounding area there. A history and genre painter and an official painter honoured during his lifetime […]

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J. M. W. Turner

An English painter (1775-1851), born in London and a major figure in the English School, Turner plays an essential role because he was the precursor of the impressionist movement. In his landscapes he often expresses changes in nature with changing, phantasmagorical intensities of light, which he felt very personally. He painted skilfully not only in […]

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