Château d’Auvers offers the “Impressionist Vision” experience, plunging the visitor into the world of Impressionist painting. It is an immersive, emotional and sensory experience. The layout and scenography integrate innovative technology and lighting: projections, mappings, morphing, giant screens and much more. For a spectacular experience and an unforgettable visit.
Subtitled “Birth and Descendancy” the journey shows what inspired Impressionism, which was a break with the standards of the time, but also its influence on later movements such as Protocubism, Fauvism and indeed abstraction. The experience throws new light on the heritage of Impressionism, on the work of the painters and on the particular place of Auvers-sur-Oise as a source of inspiration, place of exchange and holiday resort.
Scenography : OMEO — Ysabel Sequeira
Museographical concept : OMEO for the Departmental Collection
«Impressionist Paris» : this first area sets the political and artistic context. It shows the birth of Impressionism, particularly how it derived from English 19th century painting. It depicts the difficulties encountered by the artists in exhibiting and gaining critical recognition and the role of the art dealers in promoting the movement outside France.
« Journey towards the Light »: the visitor is plunged into the atmosphere of the Parisian railway stations using visuals, audio and odours to recreate the atmosphere of the train stations of the 19th Get on board and leave the hustle and bustle of the city, head towards the peace and quiet of the countryside and Auvers-sur-Oise.
« Auvers and the Valley of the Oise, Land of Painting »: less than an hour by train from the Gare du Nord, the Valley of the Oise holds the countryside which so inspired the Impressionist painters. More than a simple visit to the countryside, the exhibit displays an enjoyable comparison between the countryside of the time and today.
« The Painters of Auvers » : this area focuses on the painters who had a particular connection to Auvers-sur-Oise: Charles-François Daubigny and Camille Corot, Camille Pissarro and Paul Cézanne, then Vincent van Gogh.
« The Painter’s Studio »: this room holds a reconstruction of a painter’s studio, which he has just left, made possible thanks to the fine arts company Lefranc Bourgeois. In the window, two major works from the departmental collection are exhibited: La Gare d’Argenteuil by Claude Monet (1872) and the Bateau à l’ancre à Argenteuil by Gustave Caillebotte (1891).
« Post Impressionism » : projections of famous works from the art movements which followed Impressionism, showing the fabulous heritage it gave rise to.
« Cézanne, Forerunner of Cubism » : a single painting has been chosen to illustrate this theme: Les Carrières de Bibémus by Cézanne. Leaving Impressionist norms behind, it depicts the countryside as a pattern of identifiable geometric shapes.
« Monet, At the Source of Abstraction » : the last room finishes with the contribution of Impressionism to later works and the abstract art of the 20th It shows the influence of Claude Monet on Vassily Kandinsky, Jean-René Bazaine or indeed Mark Rothko.
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