Restored Renoir Home Will Open to the Public in June

Renoir, La Maison d’Essoyes (1906).  Private Collection.
Renoir, La Maison d’Essoyes (1906). Private Collection.
(© Bridgeman Art / via Wikipedia)

A family home of French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir will open to the public on June 3 following a major restoration. Located in Essoyes, 120 miles southeast of Paris, the residence has been converted into a museum with climate-controlled exhibition space alongside the artist's renovated living spaces, studio, and gardens.

Renoir lived there from 1896 with his wife and muse Aline Charigot, who was a native of the village, and their three children. Before health concerns caused him to relocate for winters on the Riviera coast, the artist lived and painted year-round in Essoyes, on the banks of the Ource River within the Champagne region. He later summered there until his death in 1919.

French institutions will be loaning Renoir works to the museum's inaugural exhibition, reports The Art Newspaper, including a sculpture coming from the Renoir Museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer, the artist's Riviera home.

For road-trippers, Essoyes is a 3 hour and 20 minute drive from Monet's house in Giverny. The route between the Impressionist abodes includes the art destinations of Paris, Versailles, and the Barbizon painters' Fountainebleau forest.

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