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Passing through Crécy-la-Chapelle

I celebrated the transition to 2023 in Crécy-la-Chapelle. There is an impression of serene activity in this village of Seine et Marne, crossed by three brassets and the Grand-Morin, to the point of having earned the nickname of Venice Briarde.

Since the 18th century, many painters have come to immortalize its landscapes: Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Paul Huet, André Dunoyer de Segonzac among others, and especially Jean-Baptiste Corot (1799-1875) who stayed in Crécy in 1873.

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. Souvenir de Coubron. 1873. Musée des Beaux Arts Budapest
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. Souvenir de Coubron. 1873. Musée des Beaux Arts Budapest

A painter of proverbial generosity, Jean-Batiste Corot painted more than 3,000 canvases, not counting the many plagiarisms that began to flourish during his lifetime. Thousands of fake Corots flooded the collections, pastiches, fake attributions and other retouchings by the artist himself of the canvases of his students.

Gustave Henri Colin. La plage des bains à Fontarrabie. Collection particulière.
Maison où Corot a séjourné à Crécy-la-Chapelle .© Fabrice Roy

Jean-Baptiste Corot spent a few weeks in Crécy-la-Chapelle in 1873 with his painter friend Francisque Chatelain.

He painted 4 paintings in the surroundings.

Héron cendré aux abords de la maison de Francisque Châtelain. 2022. © Fabrice Roy
Héron cendré aux abords de la maison de Francisque Châtelain. 2022. © Fabrice Roy

The town of Crécy-la-Chapelle has a remarkable historical heritage. Thus, the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption collegiate church, Gothic jewels of the 13th century and whose vault of the choir has the particularity of being carried by 12 warheads.

La collégiale de Crécy-la-Chapelle. 2021. © Fabrice Roy

In his art history lectures, Fabrice Roy combines the past with the present, in a poetic and playful evocation of the French 19th century...



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