In the wake of George Sand conquered by the wild beauty of the Valley of the Creuse, many artists find these varied landscapes with changing colors. In the mid nineteenth century, thanks to the railway that many painters, freed from the constraints of the studio with the development of paint tubes, come to paint outdoors.
The Creuse Valley sees the largest experiment to their painting, Monet, Guillaumin among the Impressionists, Post-Impressionists Maillaud and follow the Detroy, the Expressionists as Osterlind and Emile Othon Friesz or even Picabia.
Their works are recognized worldwide and exhibited in major museums around the world, from Paris to New York via Copenhagen.
Annick Thevenin and Catherine Liénard share a love of painting. Their meeting in their village of Gargilesse, resonant stories of the Crozant School, leads to the creation of Arthélie. Union of their two names Arthelie wants to find, develop and sell all these known and lesser known artists who have dedicated themselves to painting in the Vallée de la Creuse.