On this tour, you’ll be exploring the last place of residence of Franco-Japanese painter Léonard Tsugouharu Foujita in Villiers-le-Bâcle.
In the early 1960s, the artist redecorated a little rural house near the Vallée de Chevreuse. In this unspoilt natural environment, you'll appreciate the intimate atmosphere of a painter from the Ecole de Paris. Inside the house, time has stood still. Every object and piece of furniture are still exactly in place, as if Foujita has only just left. On the first floor of the house, the artist's studio is still intact. Brushes, paints, scale models and wall paintings (preparation for the artwork for the chapel of Notre-Dame de la Paix in Reims) reveal the creator's fascinating work and secrets.
In the former presbytery, a magnificent exhibition showcases the artistic career of Léonard Foujita. Read about the time he spent between Tokyo and Paris, before finally settling down in the small village of Villiers-le-Bâcle. Personal photos, objects from his everyday life and some of his artworks will all whisk you away into the life of this atypical artist. He was inquisitive and willing to try anything, so he used all sorts of materials to create his artworks. The museum houses sculptures, scale models and drawings that showcase the artist's life and career.
After the tour, it's your turn to be the artist! In a setting that is ideal for creation, take part in a creative workshop as a group. Become the modern-day Foujita with your own paintings.
This tour can be combined with the tour of the church of Villiers-le-Bâcle
Tour duration: 2 hours (tour + workshop)
Opening period: All year round for the tour of the house. Workshops are available between April and October (workshop takes place in a tent)
Capacity: 15 to 30 people
Price: Tour free-of-charge
After your tour, go and explore the pretty village of Villiers-le-Bâcle and stop off for a treat at the Fournil de Cérès in Honoré. Try their bread and cookies made using flour that is produced and transformed on the farm. They are delicious!