9.00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel.
Visit the charming Chateau of Vaux Le Vicomte which was built in the French Baroque style during the 17th century (1658–1661), for Nicolas Fouquet, the then superintendent of finances of Louis XIV.
Vaux-le-Vicomte was in many ways the most influential work built in Europe in the mid-17th century. Here, together with the architect Louis Le Vau, the landscape gardener, André le Nôtre, and the painter-decorator, Charles Le Brun, worked on a large-scale project for the first time. Their collaboration marked the beginning of a new order: the "Magnificent Manner," involving a system of collective work, and could be applied to the creation of an entire landscape.
Le Nôtre's garden was the dominant structure of the great complex. The château rises on an elevated platform, opened in the middle of the woods, and marks the border between unequal spaces, treated in a different way.
In the late morning, continue to the charming village of Barbizon for lunch at leisure in a restaurant recommended by our guide-driver.
In former times, Barbizon was a huge hamlet of woodworkers. But with Corot, Rousseau, Millet and Diaz de la Peña coming around, it became between 1830 & 1870, the scene of the modern painting revolution. They are called the “colorists”, the “landscapers”.
They arrived walking from Chailly to Barbizon where the Ganne couple welcomed them in their Inn to become the meeting point of all artists. The painters loved about everything in the village: light in undergrowth, the dark colors of the high trees, the stormy clouds, the season or daily changes of nature... Easel on the back, they ran out of their studies and walked to the plain or forest, surprising nature “at home”.
6:00 pm: Return to your hotel in Paris.