In the past, this was a coalmining area, but woods and rural landscapes have replaced the collieries. The Marcasse mine was one of the largest before disaster struck in 1953, when 20 miners were killed there. Several famous artists have lived in Colfontaine, including Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), who lived in Wasmes where he was a Protestant evangelist preacher; Armand Simon (1906-1981), the great surrealist artist, who spent his whole life in Pâturages and Marius Carion, the painter from Wasmes.
Place de Wasmes, 22 - 7340 Colfontaine
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