In Normandy, the Musée des Impressionnismes in Giverny traces the history of impressionist artists, marked by Claude Monet, leader of this mid-19th Century artistic movement.
The Musée des Impressionnismes was born in 2009, taking over from the American Art Museum Giverny.
From an architectural perspective, this new place is special as it perfectly blends into the surrounding Seine Valley landscape, the true cradle for Impressionism.
Monet himself settled in Giverny in 1883, bringing in a wave of artists - particularly Americans - keen to put the principles of Impressionism into practice, at the heart of Normandy landscapes.
A rather... natural museum
The building follows the natural slope of the hillside, leaving only a few walls of beige limestone visible, together with terraces of heather that extend into the flower beds and hedges. A tribute to nature, so important in works done by impressionist artists.
As the museum building blends well into the natural environment, this makes it easier to understand the history of impressionism, post-impressionism, and to show how it developed both in France and around the world.
Sisley, Maurice Denis, Hiramatsu Reiji...
This international aspect is reflected in the room "Autour de Monet" (All about Monet). This is an exhibition about the influence of Claude Monet on his contemporaries, and the generations that followed: from Sisley to the American artists that settled in Giverny, from Maurice Denis to the Japanese artist Reiji Hiramatsu.
The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions every year on different themes around this artistic movement, which has continued to fascinate nature lovers for nearly two centuries.
Musée des impressionnismes Giverny
99 Rue Claude Monet