Impressionist Painters in Louveciennes and Environs


Several prominent Impressionist painters lived in and around Louveciennes in the mid 1800's. Pissarro , Sisley, Renoir, Monet lived and/or painted in the area. The Seine below Louveciennes was frequently subject matter for them. On the island of Croissy, just up the river by Bougival, Monet and Renoir painted side by side at la Grenouillère in 1869, sometimes called the cradle of Impressionism (more) .
One common element often found in paintings of the area is the aqueduct for Louis XIV's waterworks, which was fed by la Machine de Marly through the pipe up rue de la Machine and which ended at the chateaux of Versailles and Marly.

Map of the area, approx. 10 miles west of Paris

PAINTINGS



Sisley
Chemin de la Machine, Louveciennes, 1873

Sisley, 1876

A view down rue de la Machine, looking north. The back of the Chateau Du Barry and its garden wall appear on the right.

Sisley
Louveciennes, hauteurs de Marly, 1873

The site for this painting is literally a stones throw from the Dubarry pavillon, just down the hill below the terrasse. The buildings, known as La ferme de la mi-cote, are a classified historical monument, part of the Machine de Marly site. Although now in semi-ruins, the farm was inhabited up until the 1960s when ASP was at Du Barry.

Pissarro
Springtime at Louveciennes, c. 1870

This scene, looking west with the aqueduct on the left horizon, is near the present day train station.



Sisley
The aqueduct at Marly, 1874

The aqueduct, close up, showing the tower at the end.

Pissarro
Port Marly

Looking east, the town of Bougival is visible in the distance.

Pissarro
Port Marly

Looking west, la machine de Marly is visible toward the left center, placing this scene just below the pavillon Dubarry.

Pissarro
La Grenouillère
Monet and Renoir usually painted La Grenouillère from the Ile de Croissy, its access point. This painting shows it from mid-Seine, looking southwest. The Pavillion Dubarry is on top of the hill, just around the bend in the river.

Pissarro
Entrance to the Village of Voisin, 1872

The cluster of buildings at the top of rue de la Machine is known as the Village of Voisin. This road runs the same direction as rue de la Machine, just up a little hill.

Monet
The Seine at Bougival
Monet's first painting at Bougival, the aqueduct is highlighted with the sunset showing though the arches.

Vlaminck
Port Marly

Actually a Post Impressionist, Vlaminck painted this area as well. The blue road ramping up to the yellow arch is next to the entrance to the path which goes straight up the hill to rue de la Machine (recently made accessible again).

Sisley
La Machine de Marly
This building, an 1858 reconstruction of the original Machine, housed the paddlewheels which turned the pumps which fed the pipe for the aqueduct. It was demolished in 1969 as a obstacle to navigation on the Seine.

Sisley
L'Inondation à Marly 1876
Another depiction at la Machine, during a flood.

Pissarro
Barrage sur la Seine à Bougival 1871
On the branch of the Seine opposite La Machine are the locks of Bougival. The pilings in the water are the same as those in Sisley's L'Inondation à Marly, above.

Sisley
Les Coteaux de Bougival 1875
This location is, again, at the foot of the hill below the pavillon Dubarry, looking east towards the town of Bougival. The same pilings are visible in the foreground.