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Meeting and painting together

in Paris


The Impressionists did meet and paint together in Paris at several places. Here you will find some information on the most important places. For the sources see general references . For the pictures I mainly use (=iR2). For other references to internet pages (=iR) see. For the subscriptions of the paintings see . I use a sort of chronological order. See also meeting and painting together, chronology  .

Café Guerbois

  • 11, Rue des Batignolles; now: 19, Avenue de Clichy, Paris (R3,p78); or 11, Grande Rue, Paris (R31,p296)
  • 1866 Manet started visiting the café; shortly afterwards it became on important meeting point for… (R3,p651; R5,p46/7;R47,p33;R11,p214/5)
    • impressionist painters: Bracquemond (Felix), Degas, Monet, Renoir
      and sometimes Cézanne, Pissarro and Sisley
      1868 November: Manet invites Monet who invites Renoir and Sisley (R5,p50)
    • other impressionist painters: Béliard (R21,p277;R3,p647)
    • other related painters: Bazille, Fatin-Latour, Stevens, Antoine Guillemet, Whistler,
    • writers / art-critics: Baudelaire, Daudet (Alphonse), Duranty, Duret, Mallarmé, Silvestre, Zola
    • others: Nadar (photographer); Gachet,
  • Zola writes about this café in his novelle ‘l’oeuvre’, 1886
    Armand Silvestre did the same in ‘Au pays des souvenirs’, 1892
  • The meetings in this café Guerbois can be seen as the birthing ground of Impressionism.
    In the early days the Impressionists were called ‘L’Ecole des Batignolles’ (R5,p46)


Café de la Nouvelle Athènes

  • Place Pigalle, Montmartre (R3, p651)
  • Before 1870 Courbet , art-critics like Castagnary and Daudet and politicians like Clemenceau and Gambetta and Nadar (photographer) already came here (R3,p651)
  • Café Nouvelle Athènes took over the role of Café Guerbois as important meeting place for the Impressionists, but the sources are not clear when. In 1870 (R3,p651), or shortly after the first impressionist exposition in 1874(R3,p651; R31,p298), or around 1877 (R5,p47;R11,p215)
  • It became a meeting place for…: (R3,p651+679; R5,p47; R31,p298;R11,p214/5)
    • the impressionists: Caillebotte, Cézanne (sometimes), Cordey, Degas, Desboutin, Forain, Franc-Lamy, Gauguin, Monet, Maureau, Pissarro, Raffaëlli, Renoir and Zandomeneghi
    • and other related painters: Goeneutte, Manet, Stevens,
    • and writers / art-critics: Alexis, Burty, Castagnary, Duranty, Duret, Martelli, Moore, Renan (Ernest), Rivière, Silvestre, Villiers de l’Isle Adam, Zola,
    • and others:  Cabaner (musician), Chabrier (musician), Charles CrosGachet, Jules de Marthold, Richepin
  • 1876: Degas painted ‘L’Absint’ in this café with Desboutin and Ellen Andrée as models (R3)
  • During the mid-1880s the meetings in Nouvelle Athènes faded out (R5,p47)

Charpentier’s house:

  • Charpentier was publisher and art-collector
  • his wife Marguerite Lemonnier plays an important role in cultural Paris
    their house is a meeting point of naturalist writers, impressionist painters en socialist politicians (R3,p654)


Meunier’s restaurant:

  • Meunier or Murer was an art-collector
  • 1877 onwards: On Wednesday’s dinners in his restaurant with Renoir, Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Guillaumin and with writers and journalists (R5,p47; R31,p299)
    95, Boulevard Voltaire, Paris ;


Café des Ambassadeurs

  • Popular café in the gardens of the Champs-Elysées ; many concerts were held here (R3,p651)
  • Degas, Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec have painted this café


Père Tanguy:

  • there were meetings in the shop of Père Tanguy attended by Cézanne, Gauguin, Guillaumin, Pissarro, Seurat and Van Gogh (R3,p700)


The house of Berthe Morisot and Eugène Manet:

  • 1874: Berthe Morisot married Eugène Manet (the brother of Edouard Manet)
  • 1885/December: Morisot starts to hold soirées for befriended artists (R5,p144; R31,p302)
    attended by Renoir (R31), Mallarmé (R5,p144)


Café Riche:

  • at the Boulevard des Italiens, Paris (R5,p47)
  • the traditional setting for the impressionist ‘Thursdays’
    1892/05/06 Renoir organized a dinner, which was attended by de Bellio, Caillebotte, Duret, Mallarmé, Monet (R31,p305)