Milly La Foret
- 6 May 2020
The canton of Milly La Forêt is located south of Essonne and a few kilometers from the Seine and Marne.
Barbizon was once a simple hamlet of loggers. But in the passage of Corot, Rousseau, Millet and Diaz de la Pena, Barbizon will become between 1830 and 1870, the theater of a revolution which will modify the course of modern painting. They are nicknamed the “colorists”, the “landscapers”. They arrive on foot from Chailly to Barbizon where the Ganne couple’s hostel, which has become the meeting point, welcomes them. Everything delights them: the play of light in the undergrowth of the Fontainebleau forest, the dark shades of the forests of Fontainebleau forest, the ponds, the stormy skies, the variations of nature with the seasons or the day…
Easel on the back, they desert the workshops and leave in the plain, in the Fontainebleau forest “to surprise nature at home”: Today, Place of life of the first landscapers, initiators of the impressionist movement, the Ganne inn immerses you in the festive atmosphere of painters opposed to romanticism and the academy. Corot, Millet, Rousseau were joined by the young generation Monet, Bazille, Renoir. In 1875 Barbizon counted a hundred artists. Continue your visit and discover the works of Jean-François Millet and his workshop where he lived and worked from 1849 to 1875.