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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Seine-et-Marne

Barbizon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Seine-et-Marne

The charming village of Barbizon nestling on the edge of Fontainebleau forest owes its fame to the 19th-century landscape painters Théodore Rousseau, Jean-Baptiste Corot, Charles-Francois Daubigny and Jean-François Millet who lived there. Their artistic movement, the Barbizon School (1830 to 1875), was considered a precursor of Impressionism. The artists appreciated the tranquillity of this peaceful village and the beauty of the surrounding nature.

One of the village's landmark sites is the Auberge Ganne, the inn where the artists used to meet and now home to the Musée Départemental de l'École de Barbizon which charts the Barbizon artists' lives and works.

Art enthusiasts should also make a point of visiting the houses/studios of Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet that are dedicated to their memory and host temporary exhibitions.

Walking along the main street, you'll find a succession of beautiful homes, shops, restaurants and art galleries.

The edge of the forest in Barbizon is the departure point for a waymarked walking trail exploring the scenery that inspired these great landscape painters.

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It used a simple village of woodcutters. But the passage of Corot, Rousseau, Millet and Diaz de la Pena, it will be between 1830 and 1870, the scene of a revolution that will change the course of modern painting. They are nicknamed the "color", the "landscape". It's walk they arrived at Chailly Barbizon where the inn welcomes the spouses Ganne, became the rallying point.

All will delight. The play of light in the woods, the dark shades of woods, ponds, storm clouds, changes in the nature or the seasons of the day ... Easel back, they are leaving the workshop and leave plain, forest, "Nature at her surprise."

Today Barbizon, which was their "green capital" has retained its country charm, with its opulent stone houses covered with ivy, its rose gardens ... and remains the "village of painters," of all painters!

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Guy Braun: Engraving Movement
Open House at Bérangère's Workshop


Museum of painters Barbizon
Museum of painters Barbizon
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Jean François Workshop
Jean François Workshop
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Barbizon Chapel
Barbizon Chapel
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JF Millet Angelus
JF Millet Angelus
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Medallion Rousseau and Millet in the Fontainebleau forest
Medallion Rousseau and Millet in the Fontainebleau forest
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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