Travel along the river with the writers


Argenteuil is located in Val-d'Oise, on the right bank of the river Seine. It is the fourth most populous town in Île-de-France after Paris, Boulogne-Billancourt and Saint-Denis. Thanks to its railway, the town experienced a spectacular industrial development during the 19th century. Impressionist painters frequently visited the town to produce paintings that would later become famous: Claude Monet stayed there from 1871 to 1878; Alfred Sisley, Édouard Manet, Gustave Caillebotte, Camille Pissarro and Van Gogh all also enjoyed the “softness of the banks of the river Seine” and the atmosphere in the open-air cabarets. The industrial activity further intensified at the start of the 20th century. During the 1950s, the town centre, which had been heavily hit by the bombings, was remodelled based on the town planner and architect Roland Dubrulle’s designs, just as the urban policy for the housing project known as “Grands ensembles” was being launched. The architect dreamt up a row of landmarks stretching from the river to the front of the townhall (on Avenue Gabriel-Péri)

image de Aire routière, photographie Aire routière, photographie © F. Guillotte
Le Pont de Bezons, POL
Le Pont de Bezons, 2020 / ARGENTEUIL
<i>Bourlinguer</i>, couverture, édition orignale
Bourlinguer, 1948 / ARGENTEUIL
Claude Monet, La Seine à Argenteuil, 1873
« Mouche », 1890 / ARGENTEUIL