Most beautiful masterpieces and most interesting novels were created in these houses. This article lists houses of 5 genius writers and painters, from the estate of Claude Monet in Giverny to the house of Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, to visit when travelling to France.
Manor house of George Sand in Gargilesse-Dampierre
House of George Sand is located in Nohant-Vic. The writer spent her early life and created essential part of her works in this manor house built in the 18th century. A lot of documents and photos are preserved in the manor house. Today the estate belongs to the great-grandchildren of the writer, and it hosts excursions in French language.
House of Claude Monet in Giverny
Giverny is one of the most famous places in France. As Claude Monet, who is one of the most prominent representatives of impressionism, was born and lived in Giverny, this area became very popular. Monet lived in this area from 1883 till his death. In this commune he created his famous painting series “Water Lilies”. Today Monet’s museum and house are situated in Giverny.
House of Vincent van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise
Auvers-sur-Oise is a commune located 30 km from the centre of Paris. Several prominent painters Cezanne, Pissarro, and most importantly, Vincent van Gogh, who brought fame to this area, lived in this commune. Vincent van Gogh spent last years of his life in this area, created more than 50 works, died on July 27, 1980, and was buried here. "Auberge de Ravoux" room where Vincent Van Gogh was died is completely empty. Since then, this small room has remained unchanged. The room preserves great history of the painter’s death and is full of emotions.
Manor house of Jean Cocteau in Milly-la-Forêt
House museum of Jean Cocteau, who was a French poet, playwright, painter, and filmmaker, is situated in Milly-la-Forêt. He lived for 17 years in this old city. The museum was opened 9 years ago. Most favorite velvet furniture, books, and figurines of Cocteau are preserved here. Furthermore, in the museum, there is a collection consisting of 500 pictures, photos, figurines, and paintings which can speak a lot about the inner world of this great person.
House of Marcel Proust in Combray
Combrey is a commune in Lower Normandy, France. Many years ago, Elisabeth and Jules Amiot, writer Marcel Proust’s uncle and aunt lived here. The writer perpetuated this city in his most famous novel “In Search of Lost Time”. The main character of the novel grew up in this commune and always went back to this area in his mind. Today, «Musée Marcel Proust» is located in this small double-storey house having a fine view, where young Marcel Proust used to spend his summer holiday.