Ruins of the Tour de Ganne

Coordinates: 48°18′55″N 2°41′20″E / 48.3153°N 2.6889°E / 48.3153; 2.6889Coordinates: 48°18′55″N 2°41′20″E / 48.3153°N 2.6889°E / 48.3153; 2.6889
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Seine-et-Marne
Arrondissement Fontainebleau
Canton Nemours
  Mayor (20082014) Jean-Claude Boixière
Area1 12.97 km2 (5.01 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,358
  Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 77216 / 77880
Elevation 52–85 m (171–279 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Grez-sur-Loing (formerly Grès-en-Gâtinais) is a commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in north-central France.

Art colony

Main street in Grez, by John Lavery

It is located 70 km south of Paris and is notable for the artists and musicians who have lived or stayed there. The Swedish artist Carl Larsson met his wife Karin Bergöö while they were both staying at Grez.

The English composer Frederick Delius lived here and dictated a number of works to his amanuensis, Eric Fenby, here. Their house was portrayed in the 1968 Ken Russell film Song of Summer, but it was filmed in England.

Others include Irish artist Frank O'Meara, Swedish artists Karl Nordström, Carl Larsson, Emma Chadwick, Julia Beck and Bruno Liljefors as well as writer August Strindberg, the Danish and Norwegian members of the Skagen Painters, and Robert Louis Stevenson. American artists were John Singer Sargent, Francis Brooks Chadwick, Robert Vonnoh, Edward Simmons (painter), Will Hicox Low, Theodore Robinson, Willard Metcalf, Bruce Crane, and Kenyon Cox.

Grez is featured in many paintings by The Glasgow Boys, where the bridge over the river is clearly featured. They were resident in the village in the early years of the 20th century.

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