A crush on Creuse

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Of course, the Im­pres­sion­ists didn’t rest on their lau­rels or stick to paint­ing just Nor­mandy and Paris. Monet had been paint­ing haystacks around his home at Giverny (where he moved in 1883), but it was when he vis­ited the Creuse val­ley in the win­ter of 1889 that he con­ceived his first true se­ries of paint­ings. In this part of re­mote cen­tral France he would take sev­eral can­vasses to the same site in the open air each day, mov­ing from one to an­other each time the light al­tered. Other painters also dis­cov­ered the magic of Creuse. The novel­list Ge­orge Sand de­scribed the land­scape here as be­ing “so rich the artist doesn’t know where to stop”.

The ‘val­ley of the painters’ where Im­pres­sion­ists flocked is at the site of the con­flu­ence of the two Creuse rivers, not far from Guèret where there’s a Mu­seum of Art and Arche­ol­ogy with nu­mer­ous Im­pres­sion­ist-style paint­ings and lat­ter-day sil­ver work of lo­cal ar­ti­sans.

Creuse is one of the most rea­son­ably priced parts of France in which to buy and there are some stun­ning houses for sale.

The novel­list Ge­orge Sand de­scribed the Creuse land­scape as be­ing so rich the artist doesn’t know where to stop

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