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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 Marly Machine Dam – Alfred Sisley

The painting depicts part of the building housing the 6 huge wheels installed across the branch of the Seine. The Machine was finally demolished in 1968, amid general indifference, when a dam for regulating rises in the level of the water in the Seine was built. The small brick edifice was an annex to this […]

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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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Boats at the lock at Bougival – Alfred Sisley

Seen from the Island of La Loge – At the end of the path adjacent to the locks, the artist painted the vivid reflections in the water and did not hesitate to capture the presence of a barge tugboat at the lock by depicting smoke coming out its funnel. The painting portrays the tip of […]

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The Marly Machine – Alfred Sisley

From Louveciennes where he settled, Sisley confirmed his talent as a landscape painter exploring the loop in the Seine. The so-called Marly Machine, painted several times, housed the new hydraulic machine that brought water to Marly reservoir. The painter set up his easel opposite it: the precise shapes of the red-bricked building block off the […]

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The Factory in the Flood – Alfred Sisley

The flooding of the river Seine in 1872, like the even more famous one in 1876, became a subject to be painted for Sisley. The lock keepers’ house on the Island of La Loge is the main subject of the painting. The latter is reflected in the calm water, an impressive, solid, motionless building. Only […]

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Ice floes on the Seine – Claude Monet

Claude Monet captures the misty atmosphere of winter. The depiction of the river and the background are handled with broad strokes of almost monochome paint; the sky and the water blend together in a harmony of grey tones. A few figures, coming to draw some water with their buckets, painted with brisk, precise brushstrokes, create some life on […]

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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 […]

Painters in Bougival

Painters in Bougival

Over the years, Bougival has lost none of its beauty. Its shimmering landscapes are still intact and this makes being able to visualise this “impressionist paradise” all the more moving. The message has been received and we are constantly protecting this valuable legacy. But what in fact is so special about Bougival, for it to attract and inspire […]

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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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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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