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The Impressionists

An art scene sampler focused on the turn of the 20th century (La Belle Epoque)
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.1 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Many of the images that come to mind when one thinks of Paris were born during the Belle Epoque from the end the 19th century to the... more »

Tips:  It is best to do this tour on a day when it is nice enough outside to enjoy the Tuileries, the gardens at the Rodin Museum and walking... more »

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Points of Interest

This station serves the 12 line and exits right next to the Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Lorette.

2. Claude Monet's Birthplace

It seems appropriate to start off our tour at the birthplace of one of the founders of the Impressionist movement, Claude Monet. The Rue Laffitte is a charming street with a splendid view of Montmartre's peak, the old headquarters of bohemia, topped with the gleaming Sacred Heart Basilica. Monet was born at No. 45 in 1840.

3. Boulevard des Italiens

One of the four grand boulevards of Paris. This central street was captured by Camille Pisarro as seen in the attached photo of his painting "Boulevard des Italiens, Morning, Sunlight." It was home to a number of cafés that were famous artist hangouts. It has been referenced in works from Balzac to Proust. No. 13 was the Caf... More

This magnificent building for showcasing performing arts is a work of art on its own. It alos has been the inspiration for many different genres of art throughout the years.

It was the setting for a number of Degas' ballet paintings as well as the inspiration for Gaston Leroux' classic novel "The Phantom of the Opera." Inside it's easy ... More

5. Boulevard des Capucines

Another one of the four grand boulevards, Boulevard des Capucines was immortalized in Claude Monet's painting of the same name. This street has a long artistic history. In April 1874, the Impressionists held their first exhibition at No. 35. The group of young painters included Renoir, Edouard Manet, Pissarro and Monet. Monet's painting "... More

This historic square hosts an enormous column erected by Napoleon I to give himself a little pat on the shoulder for his victory in the Battle of Austerlitz. It is topped with a statue of Napoleon dressed like a Roman emperor, crown of laurels and all.

This popular public garden used to be the site of the Tuileries Palace until 1871 when it was destroyed by a fire as a political statement. The palace gardens, created by Catherine de Medici, survived and have been a destination for Parisian promenades for centuries. The pool is often surrounded with people lounging in sun chairs and children... More

Home to many Impressionist paintings, this museum is most famous for being selected by Monet as the permanent home for his eight water-lily masterpieces, the "Nymphéas." They are displayed in the light conditions designed by Monet himself in two large oval rooms.
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Address: Jardin des Tuileries
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 77 80 07
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This Egyptian obelisk is France's subtle way of marking where they used to behead people by guillotine during the French Revolution, including Marie-Antoinette.

This was once an old train station before it was converted into a museum. The d'Orsay houses a large collection of French art dating from the mid-19th to the early 20th century, including a huge number of Impressionist works. Make sure to go look at the model of the Palais Garnier Opera House in the back to see how it compares to what you just saw... More

An impressive collection of Rodin's art is housed in what used to be his personal mansion. Wander through the gorgeous gardens and you will find more of his famous works, including "The Thinker" and "The Gates of Hell."

Fifteen of the works of Rodin's model, assistant and lover, Camille Claudel (1864-1943), are also on... More