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Maison Fournaise

Haunt of Renoir & Monet;
Setting of Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party

Renoir's famous 1880 painting
Renoir's famous 1880 painting
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The balcony today
The balcony today
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78400 Chatou
Ile des Impressionnistes
01 30 71 41 91

On This Very Spot in the 1870s, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet would eat and drink while painting along the Seine.

On This Very Spot in 1880, Renoir painted a group of friends lunching on the balcony. Luncheon of the Boating Party became one of his best-known works.

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Submitted by: Michael Lejman

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This spot is an operating restaurant open to the public and a museum housing Impressionist exhibitions. For complete visitor's information, including hours of operation, visit the official website at

Condition: The restaurant has been recently restored, down to the orange-and-white striped awning seen in Renior's painting.

Location: West Paris, in the area known as Chatou.

Nearest Major Airport: Paris Charles-de-Gaulle

Nearest Subway: Rueil-Malmaison or Chatou-Crossy

Directions: Take Boulevard Carnot from the west or Avenue de Colmar from the east to the Chatou Bridge over the Seine. In the middle of the bridge is an exit ramp to the Ile de Chatou, now known as the Ile des Impressionnistes.

Latitude: 48.888600; Longitude: 2.161300

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