Art History Study Tour

In the Footsteps of Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh - a 14/15 day study tour to Paris and Provence

2013 Study Tour to France

Academic staff contact - Dr Rob Haysom

How to Apply - Submiit application forms to the Study Abroad and Exchange office, or email to

Forms will be available from Study Abroad and Exchange website: Faculty Study Tours

The 2012 tour was designed for lovers of art, and in particular, focuses on better appreciating the development of modernism in our culture. Monet is viewed as a major figure in Impressionist painting. Cezanne and Van Gogh extended the work of the Impressionists, and are described as Post-Impressionists. All three artists had a significant impact on artistic practice throughout the Twentieth Century, influencing countless generations of artists. Their impact is still felt today.

Monet and Cezanne facilitated the development of abstraction, whilst Van Gogh`s intense palette and energetic brushstrokes, liberated painting. All three artists explored their immediate environment closely. Each artist produced work firmly centred in a specific location. Like all great artists, the power of their visions transcended the specific to more general application, transforming our way of viewing and representing the world.

This tour provides a unique opportunity to visit many of the sites and locations immortalised through each artist`s paintings, in order to `walk inside the picture frame`, so as to better appreciate the significance of their work.


Proposed draft itinerary:

Day 1  Leave Melbourne for Paris. Arrive Paris (Charles De Gaulle airport). Train to Paris.

Day 2  Paris orientation. Visit Arc de Triumph (view the structure of Paris and its boulevards emanating from the Arc). Visit Montmartre (Bohemian Paris - the Moulin Rouge, The Lapin Agile, Sacre Couer, Moulin de la Galette).

Day 3 Paris and Impressionism (Musee D`Orsay, Monet`s Nympheas series at the Musee de l`Orangerie, Musee Rodin).

Day 4 Day trip: Giverny by train. Spend time in Monet`s garden (an endless source of inspiration in his work), and the Giverny countryside. Return to Paris.

Day 5 Free day to explore Paris. (Possible Options - visit the Eiffel Tower; the Louvre; Batobus river cruise on the Seine; the Pompidou Centre; the Musee Picasso; Tour Montparnasse).

Day 6 TGV (fast train to Aix-en-Provence).Orientation of the city. Visit the Universite Paul Cezanne in Aix.

Day 7 Visit Cezanne`s studio (Les Lauves). Roman ruins and views of Mont Saint-Victoire ( a constant inspiration to Cezanne).

Day 8 Visit Bibemus Quarries (painted several times by Cezanne) ,and Mont Saint- Victoire.

Day 9 Visit the Manor of Jas de Bouffan (aura and mystique of Cezanne).

Day 10 Visit the Fondation Vasarely. Free afternoon to explore Aix.

Day 11 Bus from Aix to Arles. Orientation of Arles, including famous sites painted by Van Gogh, and the Roman Ampitheatre.

Day 12 Day Trip:Bus from Arles to St Remy- de Provence. Asylum where Van Gogh painted several works, the Roman ruins (Glanum), birthplace of Nostradamus (1503).

Day 13 Bus from Arles to Aix. Visit Musee Granet.

Day 14 TGV from Aix to Paris and Charles De Gaulle airport. Fly back to Melbourne.






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