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Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise

Auvers-sur-Oise | History - Architecture - Fine Arts
€9 - €15
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In 1635, a wealthy Italian banker who had come to France in the suite of Marie de Medici had the elegant castle of Auvers-sur-Oise built in an architectural style different from the one we know today.

At the end of the 17th century the castle became the property of Jean de Léry. This remarkable man is at the same time adviser, butler of the king (an honorary title very well seen at the time), as well as general treasurer of France.

In 1720, the castle of Auvers still changes hands and passes to the family of Espremenil. It will be deeply reworked in 1756, with the addition of two additional pavilions. It is then bought by Prince Louis François de Bourbon-Conti who sees only a beautiful hunting property.

The castle changes owners for several centuries, before attracting the attention of a painter who will become world famous. Van Gogh is strongly inspired by his painting "The castle of Auvers at sunset".

This remarkable building, whose elegance embodies very well the architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, was bought in 1987 by the General Council of Val d'Oise which restores both the castle and the estate. The French gardens, in particular, are faithfully recreated after an engraving of the 18th century.

Today the Castle offers an "Impressionist Vision" course to dive into Impressionist painting, subtitled "Birth and Descendancy" (precubism, fauvism, abstraction ...). The rooms of the Castle are traversed in the middle of reconstructed sets and atmospheres evoking the favorite themes of the Impressionists. Projections of more than 500 paintings put in motion, special visual and sound effects, music and popular songs of the time, extracts from old films, presentation of archival photos, objects and old costumes staged. The comments immerse for 65 minutes the public in the atmosphere of Parisian life of the nineteenth century.

Throughout the year, discover temporary exhibitions, a restaurant with terrace in fine weather, a park with trees and French gardens, a unique collection of Iris, cultural and festive events, workshops of floral art and painting ...

10:00 - 17:00

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Contact details

  • Name: Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Address: 21 Rue de Léry - 95430 - Auvers-sur-Oise - France
  • Phone: (33) 01 34 48 48 48




Musée, Atelier, Parc, Thématiques pour enfants

Getting there

  • By RER : ligne n°C (Pontoise)
  • By train : gare SNCF d'Auvers-sur-Oise
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