Emmanuel Lansyer was born in Bouin, Vendée, in 1835. He was an only son, pampered by his mother. He never get married nor had children. That’s why he gave his house to the city of Loches, to transform it into a museum after his death.
We know few things about this painter, who made about 1 500 paintings, nowadays scattered in several France’s museums! He was a Courbet and Viollet-le-Duc’s disciple (he worked for this one): he drew a nice plan of Pierrefonds castle!
A castle restored, of course... by Viollet-le-Duc! Yes, Emmanuel wanted first to become an architect. Until he decided to show one of his painting, Paysage d’hiver ("Winter landscape")... a real success!
Lansyer is really the painter of the sea, the landscapes, the monuments, the sky and the forests! He used lights, shadows, architecture perfectly straight... His work won the Légion d'honneur in 1881. Finally Emmanuel died in his house of Loches in 1890, he was 58 years old. He was buried in Loches, but we still don’t know the exact location of his grave...
This house was his mother’s one. A small house hide on the way that led to the royal castle... We visit the nice little garden, with its view on the Royal gate... and inside, few rooms. On the ground floor, an Asian collection.
And on the first floor, the master’s studio, with a large collection of paintings by Emmanuel: pretty views of Loches, of Mont-Saint-Michel, of Brittany landscapes, his favourite subject. Some nice landscapes with vivid colours, with very accurate details. Really, this is a gorgeous house: after the visit, we’re like soothe!