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Ruins of the Tour de Ganne
Ruins of the Tour de Ganne
Grez-sur-Loing is located in France
Location within Île-de-France region
Grez-sur-Loing is located in Île-de-France (region)
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 (2008–2014) Jean-Claude Boixière
Area1 12.97 km2 (5.01 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,358
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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.


  • The Church of Notre-Dame et Saint-Laurent (Church of Our Lady and of San Lawrence) was the church of a priory dependent on Saint Peter in Sens. It dates from the twelfth century and houses some tombs of the sixteenth century.
  • The Tower of Ganne, built by Louis VI the fat in 1127, at the same time as the castle.
  • The Old bridge, former bridge of Grez-en-Gâtinais built between the 12th century and the 14th century. Destroyed several times it was rebuilt identically in 1980.
  • Tacot des Lacs (Lakes' crate), a narrow-gauge heritage railway running about lakes on plains of the Loing river.

Art colony[edit]

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. 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.

Musicians also migrated to Grez-sur-Loing. 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. The American soprano and folk song fieldworker Loraine Wyman spent several years here starting in 1928, following her retirement from singing.

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