Normandy : birthplace of Impressionism

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    © Fondation-Claude-Monet-Giverny

Normandy : birthplace of Impressionism Rue Claude Monet 27620 Giverny fr

Le Havre was the setting, and the inspiration, for Claude Monet's famous 1872 painting: Impression, soleil levant (Impression, sunrise).

Normandy was, for most artists, their birthplace and home. Its proximity to Paris together with the burgeoning number of fashionable seaside resorts like Dieppe, Honfleur, Le Havre, Deauville or Trouville, along its coast meant that artists came to the region by train and stayed, producing an artistic legacy which would be hard to rival anywhere.

Today, you can walk in their footsteps, admiring the same timeless landscapes as well as many original works. Find your own inspiration in the verdant landscapes, charming sleepy villages, vibrant colours and ethereal light that captured the hearts of Claude Monet, Sisley, Turner and many others.  

Save the date! Now an established event in Normandy’s calendar and having welcomed nearly a million visitors to date, the Festival Normandie Impressionniste will return in 2016 with Impressionist portraits as the central theme.

Exhibits and events will take place throughout the region celebrating not only painting, but other forms of artistic expression influenced by Impressionism: music, dance, theatre, photography and architecture.




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