Walk in Barbizon and in the forest of Fontainebleau

Visit of the town of Barbizon in the forest of Fontainebleau and a nice walk in the forest

The town of Barbizon, near the forest of Fontainebleau, is a mythical place. Known as the "village of painters", the town gave its name to a pictorial movement : the Barbizon school. The most illustrious representatives of this school are Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet (the Angelus). We can also visit the former Studio of the painter the Millet workshop. The commune is located 1 hour from Paris, you must come by car. Barbizon is a great place for a stroll on a Sunday of summer, you can also walk to the magnificent Forest of Fontainebleau.

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Duration: 3 h.

Barbizon

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Barbizon
The centre of Barbizon is very well restored.

The Church of Barbizon

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The Church of Barbizon
In the main street you can visit the Gannes Inn that hosted many artists from 1830 to 1870. Today the hostel Gannes houses the Museum of the school of Barbizon.

The workshop of Jean-François Millet

The workshop of Jean-François Millet
Some painters chose to live in Barbizon like Millet.

Barbizon

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Barbizon
View of the village. The main street is very touristy in summer. The place is quite chic.

View of the forest

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View of the forest
The forest of Fontainebleau is close to Barbizon. There is a nice small walk to see to the Medallion Millet-Rousseau

Medallion Millet-Rousseau

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Medallion Millet-Rousseau
The medallion is a simple gravure in the rock.

Start of the hike in the forest

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Start of the hike in the forest
There are many walks available near Barbizon. One of the most famous is the “Cavalière des Brigands”. The start is located next to the restaurants when you leave the town. Then just stay focused to follow the signs among the rocks.

Cave of the brigands

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Cave of the brigands
'The cave of the brigands, which is not well marked, is an extremely narrow passage under a rock pile. If you''re not claustrophobic and if you weigh less than 40 kg you can go through a tunnel to see the cave. '

The village of painters

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The village of painters
Jules Coignet was a painter in the forest of Fontainebleau, oil (Barbizon Museum).

Corot, forest of Fontainebleau

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Corot, forest of Fontainebleau
One of the examples of painting in the forest of Fontainebleau. Corot, forest of Fontainebleau, 1830. Corot is one of the first artists to settle in Barbizon.

The angelus of Millet

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The angelus of Millet
'The Jean-François Millet angelus, his best-known work. The angelus is exposed to the Musée d''Orsay in Paris. The table represents a man and a woman who stop work after hearing the bells and then begin to pray. '

“The Oaks of Apremont” - Théodore Rousseau

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“The Oaks of Apremont” - Théodore Rousseau
The painting shows the style of painting at Barbizon. You can access to the gorges of apremont from Barbizon.

Parking and restaurant

Follow the signs to find the start of the walk.

Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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