The museum visit Emile Guillaumin in Ygrande

Born in 1873, died in 1951, Emile Guillaumin has lived his entire life in Ygrande, excluding the war years of 1914-1918. Poet from an early age, son of a small farmer, Emile Guillaumin was modest peasant himself. He scored his time by the force of his writings. The realism of his novels described the miserable social condition of the peasantry and of workers of Bourbonnais.

It is in a "locaterie", in the hamlet of vines at the entrance of the village in Ygrande, when the writer-farmer wrote his masterpiece, "The life of a simple", at the dawn of the twentieth century : the existence of a simple farmer, described with great skill, in the social harsh environment of the time.

This is where the municipality of Ygrande has logically redid the living environment modest of "Sage of Ygrande", nominated for the Prix Goncourt in 1904 for "The life of a simple".

This is where the museum Emile Guillaumin opens its door for  to enter life and work of this talented novelist, who exploited until his death his few acres of land surrounding his house nearby.


Location: "The Vines" 03160 Ygrande (the house that sheltered the family of Emile Guillaumin a century ago).

Description of the visit:

     Audiovisual room whose projections are environmentally agricultural of Emile Guillaumin (1873-1951).

     Showroom which includes manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, evidence of the life of "wise Ygrande".

     Chamber restored the writer in the very place where he wrote his masterpiece "The life of a simple".

     Outside, collection of antique farm equipment used in the Bourbonnais.

Visiting hours:
Of May at October, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m..

Town hall 03160 Ygrande
Phone: 00 33 4 70 66 30 66


Prices: 2.30 euros, 1.55 euros (students, high school students, unemployed, disabled (on proof)) and free for children under 15.