In the Footsteps of the Great Masters: Impressionism Along the Seine

Dive deep into European Impressionism, gaining a comprehensive knowledge of Monet and van Gogh as you discover their inspirations and homes alongside scholarly experts.
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Program No. 14662RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

The art world was forever changed in the 19th century when a group of young artists broke with tradition to embrace a radical new approach to painting, conveying the impression of an experience. Step into the vivid, colorful scenes of a Monet or Pissarro as you start in Paris, Impressionism’s birthplace, and sail along the Seine from Honfleur to the sites that most inspired these legendary artists.
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Extensive walking along unpaved lanes and cobblestone streets; some stairs without railings and/or uneven ground. Participants should be able to stand for at least one hour.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Voyage along the Seine in comfort aboard a river ship.
  • Journey to Auvers-sur-Oise and visit sites painted by Vincent van Gogh, as well as the artist’s home and final resting place.
  • Venture to Giverny to experience the splendor of Monet’s gardens.

General Notes

Current Events in Paris: Due to the fire at Notre Dame, the cathedral is closed to visitors. Road Scholar programs that visit île de la Cité will be able to see the outside of the cathedral, but we will not be able to go inside. Also, because of the ongoing protests in Paris, we may need to make last-minute changes to the itinerary to avoid visiting areas blocked by protesters.
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Jennifer Burdon
Born and raised in York, England, Jennifer Burdon has been living in Paris for many years. She holds a master’s degree from Durham University where she specialized in 19th-century French literature and art history. Jennifer leads excursions in Paris, specializing in Impressionism, the French Revolution, the experiences of African-Americans in Paris and Ernest Hemingway. She has also written for a small British paper focused on the Parisian art scene. Jennifer enjoys sharing her knowledge of the city with charm and a subtle British wit.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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