Painter Emmanuel Lansyer in his little house in Loches
Landscapes and monuments painter
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. We know few things about this painter, who made about 1 500 paintings, nowadays scattered in several French 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! 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, landscapes, monuments, sky and forests! He used lights, shadows... His work won the Légion d'honneur in 1881. Finally Emmanuel died in his Loches house in 1890, he was 58 years old. He was buried in this city, but we still don’t know the exact location of his grave...
The museum's visit
This house was his mother’s one. We visit the nice little garden, with its view on the Royal gate... and inside, several rooms. On the ground floor, an Asian collection.
And on the first floor, the master’s studio, with a large collection of Emmanuel's paintings: pretty views of Loches, of Mont-Saint-Michel, of Brittany landscapes, his favourite subject. Nice landscapes with vivid colours, very accurate details.