Homes of Famous Men

  • Claude Monet's home from 1883 to 1926, GIVERNY

    Claude Monet's home from 1883 to 1926, GIVERNY

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Catherine Bibollet

Homes of Famous Men

Visit France through its illustrious figures, rediscover their homes, the setting in which they lived, their furniture… The passion aroused by writers, artists and soldiers can be found in the atmosphere of a room or an office in which their memory still lingers with the intimate objects that surrounded their creative activity. A couch, a writing desk, the kitchen or the bed in which they spent their dying hours, these are the stuff of dreams.

Among the most prestigious "homes" of famous men we can mention Voltaire's château at Ferney (Ain) where this great 18th-century figure spent the last years of his life: the décor still reflects the presence of this philosopher, by turns a writer, town planner, architect, gardener and man of the theatre. The Château du Clos-Lucé (Indre-et-Loire) conjures up memories of Leonardo da Vinci. The Bonaparte home in Corsica and the estates of Malmaison and Bois-Préau (Yvelines) tell the story of the 1st Empire.

The Romanticism of George Sand and her friends can be found at Nohant in Indre. The modest Giverny house and its garden reflect the palette of the painter Claude Monet. Men of politics trace their ambitions with Gambetta at Sèvres (Hauts-de-Seine), Clemenceau at Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard (Vendée) and Marshal Foch at Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées). The home of Ernest Renan at Tréguier (Côtes-du-Nord) rekindles the atmosphere of this writer who had a major influence on future generations.

These often modest "homes" retain within their walls the message of the great men that they cradled. An intellectual way to discover the furniture of a period and get a sense of a certain way of life.