‘Ma Roulotte’, Pierre Bonnard’s former house situated in the hamlet Ma Campagne near Vernon in Normandy

In 1912 Pierre Bonnard purchased this property situated in the hamlet of Ma Campagne near Vernon in Normandy. He had already rented the house the previous year most probably because of the whereabouts of its location, the view over the River Seine, the ever-changing light and also because it was so close, just 3 miles away from where his friend Claude Monet lived in Giverny. Much of Bonnard’s work in fact consists of paintings which he produced at this address.

In 1938 he sold ‘Ma Roulotte’ to a Swiss collector who undertook extension work on the house, after which the property was sold on to a couple who worked in the restoration field who resided there for around twenty years.

The last owners, who purchased the property in 2012, decided to open the house to the public.

Ciel d'été 1915 Ma Roulotte P. Bonnard Copyright B. de Vautibault

Ciel d’été 1915 Ma Roulotte P. Bonnard

Vue de Ma Roulotte, 2013 Copyright B. de Vautibault

Vue de Ma Roulotte, 2013 Copyright B. de Vautibault

 

Unfortunately, the house’s interior was changed and modernized by the previous owners. However, there are attempts being made at present in particular with regard to the way the house is currently decorated and furnished to try and retrieve the “Bonnard” spirit

Salon - salle à manger, Ma Roulotte Copyright B.de Vautibault

Salon – salle à manger, Ma Roulotte Copyright B.de Vautibault

Vue depuis le salon - salle à manger du balcon extérieur et de la Seine Copyright b. de Vautibault

Vue depuis le salon – salle à manger du balcon extérieur et de la Seine Copyright b. de Vautibault

 

The garden, which has been left to abandon over a long period of time is also going to be re-designed in the “Bonnard” way by emphasizing colour.Bonnard, on the contrary to Monet, appreciated a garden’s rebellious side. Visitors passing by may plant their own flowers here in the garden.

 

Le fameux balcon Copyright B.de Vautibault

Le fameux balcon Copyright B.de Vautibault

Autre vue du fameux balcon Copyright B. de Vautibault

Autre vue du fameux balcon Copyright B. de Vautibault

Installation d'un chevalet pour l'étude d'un paysage Copyright B. de Vautibault

Installation d’un chevalet pour l’étude d’un paysage Copyright B. de Vautibault

Practical information:

Visits are free throughout the year UPON PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY

Contact details:

Maison Ma Roulotte
Monsieur Bertrand de Vautibault
41 route des Andelys 27200 VERNON
Tél. : 09 54 37 64 08 ou 06 09 92 46 79
fleur.des.ondes@free.fr