Treasure hunt ” An unfinished meal”
This modern-day treasure hunt will take you exploring the Hameau Fournaise on the Ile des Impressionnistes in Chatou.
Descriptions and questions
Starting point – Hameau Fournaise
The Fournaise hamlet was named after its owner and was a key attraction for artists, men of letters and Bohemians, rich or poor. In the mid-19th century, boating was a fashionable passtime for Parisians wanting to escape from the pressures of city life. Head for the reproduction of the painting “Les canotiers à Chatou” by Renoir, who was a regular visitor to the site.
A: the sum of the numbers of the year in which this picture was painted:
Look around to find the answers to these two questions.
C: the year in which Donald Crowhurst died + 1: (add together all the numbers of the date until you’re left with just one digit, for example: 1918 =1+9+1+8 = 19, 1+9 = 10, 1+0 = 1):
Stage 1 – Sequana
Head for the boathouse, the large timber building, which is a reconstruction of the original boathouse owned by Père Fournaise. Today, it houses a collection of boats that is unique in France! Guy de Maupassant, Maurice de Vlaminck, and the famous couturier, Paul Poiret, were all keen boaters, while Renoir enjoyed painting the skiffs of the Fournaise family. Observe the façade and take a step back.
D: the number of members of the “Suzanne” crew:
Walk round the right-hand side of the building.
Stage 2 – Maison Levanneur
Turn left at the top and head for the Maison Levanneur, now Galerie Bessières, a gallery of Contemporary Art.
G: the year in which Derain was born in Chatou: (add together the numbers of the date to retain just one, for example, 42: 4+2 = 6)
Stage 3 – Restaurant Fournaise
Go down the steps and head toward the Fournaise restaurant, located in the historic rooms of the Maison Fournaise. Lunch can be served in the dining room that is decorated with caricatures painted by anonymous 19th-century artists, or, in the summer season, on the balcony made famous by Auguste Renoir who painted “Le Déjeuner des Canotiers” here. Observe the façade.
H: the figure obtained by deducting the minutes from the hours at Fournaise:
I: the sum of the number of people in the “Déjeuner des Canotiers”: (add the two numbers together to obtain just one, for example, 42: 4+2 = 6)
Stage 4 – Renoir Trail
Renoir was “always stuck at Fournaise”, where he met his friends, Maupassant, Monet and Caillebotte, who was also a boating enthusiast. Renoir painted more than thirty pieces at Chatou, as well as many other paintings in the land of the Impressionists…
J: the number of arches under the railway bridge:
|On this walk you have learned about the Hameau Fournaise and obtained some clues to help you find what Renoir needs to finish his painting.
Replace the letters with your answers: BE.GCAI2D,2.FJH22
____._________2 _____ , 2._____________22
Continue your exploration of Chatou with a walk along the banks of the River Seine on the Chemin des Impressionnistes, or a tour of the Musée Fournaise!
See you soon!