‘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.
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
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.
Visits are free throughout the year UPON PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY
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