THE RENOIR CULTURAL CENTRE
Enter the creative whirlwind of Renoir father and son, by visiting the Renoir Cultural Centre in Essoyes.
Discover the “Du Côté des Renoir” cultural centre in Essoyes. Immerse yourself in a vibrant place where art and culture come together. You can learn more about Renoir’s artistic practice and discover lesser-known aspects of his life and career.
Explore our varied programme of events, exhibitions and activities. Immerse yourself in the inspiring atmosphere of the cultural centre and take part in activities that celebrate creativity, heritage and personal development.
Join us as we explore the many facets of culture in Essoyes and discover how the “Du Côté des Renoir” cultural centre enriches the artistic and cultural life of the village.
A PERMANENT EXHIBITION
Housed in the former stables of Hériot castle, the Renoir Cultural Centre presents a permanent exhibition recounting the life of one of France’s most famous and best-loved painters : Auguste Renoir.
A dressing room, a theme to better understand the life of this multi-faceted family of artists : the beginnings of Pierre-Auguste Renoir at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and those of Impressionism in the company of Claude Monet ; the cinema of Jean Renoir ; portraits or still lifes, inspiration drawn from the painter’s daily life, resulting in works now exhibited in the greatest collections, from the Musée d’Orsay to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, via the Musée Picasso in Paris.
AN AUDIOVISUAL SHOW IN THE RENOIR CULTURAL CENTRE
A short film, in French or English, will enable you to discover the influence of Essoyes on the painter’s work, as well as the artistic relationship between him and his sons : Pierre the actor, Jean the film-maker and Claude the ceramist.
This film about the creative life of the Renoir provides the keys to discovering the light, the landscapes, the art of living… and all the sources of inspiration that nurtured this family of artists. It highlights, not without provoking strong emotions, how for the Renoir, the “World is one”, criss-crossed by colors and vibrations.
A TEMPORARY EXHIBITION ROOM
The Renoir Cultural Centre is keen to showcase the work of contemporary artists, both new and established : paintings, sculptures, photographs… This exhibition space is dedicated to them, allowing you to discover their fascinating world.
This is your chance to meet the artists behind these temporary exhibitions, which are free to enter !
A SHOP AND TOURIST INFORMATION AREA IN THE RENOIR CULTURAL CENTRE
To complete your visit, the shop in the Renoir Cultural Centre has a selection of books and souvenirs based on the works and life of Renoir.
As the Côte des Bar’s seasonal tourist office, we offer you the chance to discover the Aube department and the Côte des Bar region thanks to our brochures, tourist maps and other documents which are freely available. An authentic natural and cultural heritage for a destination full of surprises.