Land of choice for illustrious painters
“I am in a superb country of savagery, a heap of terrible rocks and an implausible sea of colors; finally I am very excited although I have a lot of trouble, because I was used to painting the Channel and I necessarily had my routine, but the Ocean, it is quite different “
Thus described Belle-île, Claude Monet, in a letter to his friend Gustave Caillebotte, on the occasion of his stay on the island in 1886. He painted the wild coast for a long time there, delivering to posterity 39 canvases counting among the most beautiful of the impressionist current.
Henri Matisse, Georges Clairin, John Peter Russel, Constantin Kousnetzoff, Maurice Halay, Victor Vasarely…Belle-île has an intense power of seduction and artists like to draw inspiration from the lights, the colors and the changing reflections.