Among many excursions available from Paris, Auvers-sur-Oise is certainly the most arty day-trip of all. On 20 May 1890, The master of painting, Vincent Van Gogh moved from a mental asylum in Provence (south of France) and came to live in the little village of Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris in the department of Oise, very appreciated by impressionist painters.
Auvers- sur-Oise visit
Dont’Miss at Auvers sur Oise
- Daubigny Worskshop
- Van Gogh’s last House
- Auvers-sur-Oise’s Church
- Musée de l’Absinthe
- Auvers-sur-Oise Cemetery
- The Chateau
Auvers-sur-Oise, the last house of Van Gogh
Van Gog found was inspired by the light on the landscapes and the neighboring of his friend, the Doctor Paul Ferdinand Gachet.
During this period and until his death (on 29 July 1890), the impressionist painter produced many works, one a day in average.
Among them, the very famous church of Auvers-sur-Oise and many paintings about farm life. During his stay he received the visit of many masters of impressionism.
Nowadays, this town is a good spot for impressionism lovers with its numerous landmarks. Many excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise from Paris are available.
One of the most famous is the Auberge Ravoux, known as Maison de Van Gogh (Van Gogh’s House), where the artist spent his last days.
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Closed to this house, you will find the Maison-Atelier de Daubing. It was the studio and the house of the painter Charles-François Daubigny, founder of Barbizon painting school and a precursors of impressionism. The Country side was an inspiration for Van Gogh and for many french artists.
The painters Honoré Daumier and Camille Corot decorated the building.
The expanded 17th-Century Château d’Auvers is also worth a trip while visiting this charming town. You can enjoy an audiovisuel show that explain how the city was a source of inspiration for many impressionist masters like Pissaro and Cezanne
The Musée de l’absinthe is devoted to the famous liquor which the favorite drink of artists during the belle époque. Named la fée verte (the green fairy), it was reputed to cause hallucinations.
They will also have the possibility to see the cemetery where Théo and Vincent Van Gogh were buried.
How to get to Auvers-sur-Oise from Paris
- By car (about 50min): leave Paris at porte de Clichy direction Cergy and take the Autoroute A15 and the N187 until the exit Mery-sur-Oise
- By train (about 30 min): from Gare St-Lazare Train Station and stop at Auvers-sur-Oise
- Special shuttles: from Paris many shuttles.
- Impressionist guided tours to Auvers and Giverny.
Many tourists visit Auvers through a romantic road from Paris to Normandy.
It can be the first step before visiting the famous city of Giverny, which housed Claude Monet.