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150 years of Impressionism in Normandy

150 years of Impressionism in Normandy

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Normandy is one of the most picturesque regions of France. Therefore, this region, with its lush landscapes, beautiful cathedrals, and imposing cliffs, inspired many artists. They created masterpieces in Normandy that conquered the world. It is therefore no wonder that in Normandy, the seed was sown for one of the most beautiful art movements: Impressionism. Painters such as Monet and Pissarro revolutionized the art world in 1874 with their innovative style. That’s why this year is a big celebration. With about 150 events, we celebrate 150 years of Impressionism in Normandy.

Painting of a lady


Impressionism emerged in 1874, bringing about a revolutionary shift in art. Artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro embraced the playful interaction between light and color. Claude Monet’s painting, “Impression, Sunrise,” gave the art movement the name that has fascinated millions of admirers worldwide.

The artists captured events from everyday life in an innovative style. Landscapes played a significant role in their works. Impressionists therefore painted outdoors a lot. They wanted to capture the impression of the moment directly on canvas. In doing so, they often used bright and intense colors. Their masterpieces, such as Monet’s “Water Lilies,” Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” and Pissarro’s “The Hay Harvest,” are admired worldwide and have stood the test of time.


Celebrating 150 Years of Impressionism in Normandy

In light of this milestone, Normandy is organizing the “Normandie Impressionnisme Festival” from March 22nd until the end of September 2024. This enchanting event brings the spirit of Impressionism to life with exhibitions, workshops, and spectacular artistic performances.

During the festival, art lovers can immerse themselves in Monet’s Giverny, the gardens that inspired him, and the colorful fields of the region that formed the basis for countless paintings. Additionally, the festival offers a unique opportunity to admire the works of other Impressionist masters, with special attention to Renoir’s lush landscapes and Pissarro’s rustic village scenes.

In addition to the exhibitions, engaging events are planned, such as live painting workshops where visitors can create their own Impressionist masterpieces. Moreover, the festival will open some of the most iconic painting locations to the public, allowing visitors to literally follow in the footsteps of the great masters.

The “Normandie Impressionnisme Festival” of 2024 promises to be an unforgettable experience, where art, history, and nature come together in a harmonious celebration of 150 years of Impressionism in Normandy. A unique opportunity to experience the magic of this art movement, explore the region that inspired it, and celebrate the vibrant legacy of Impressionism.


Highlights of 150 years of Impressionism in Normandy

During the festival, not surprisingly, there are 150 different events commemorating the emergence of Impressionism in France. Festivities are particularly prevalent in places like Caen, Rouen, Le Havre, and Giverny. But the festival is also unmissable in other areas of Normandy.

Monet lived in Giverny for half of his life. There, he painted his most important works, such as the Japanese bridges and the Water Lilies. A visit to the Fondation Monet is therefore a must if you want to discover more about Impressionism. Because you can also find the famous gardens that he immortalized so wonderfully on canvas at Monet’s house.

The allure of the Côte d’Albâtre and Étretat for artists was immense. Impressionists drew inspiration from the unique chalk cliffs, landscapes, and heritage of Étretat. During the festival, you can immerse yourself in the magic experienced by Impressionists in this beautiful area.


The impressionists enjoyed sitting along the Seine to immortalize the landscapes. The beautiful city of Rouen on the Seine is therefore an ideal starting point to explore those places. The Musée des Beaux-Arts of Rouen naturally commemorates the celebration of 150 years of Impressionism in Normandy. There is an exhibition dedicated to James Abbott McNeill Whistler. This American artist was influenced by the French impressionists and shared a passion for Japanese art with Claude Monet.

Also in Rouen, from May 24th until the end of September, the light show “Cathédrale de lumière” will take place. A spectacular light projection on the famous cathedral that Monet immortalized so often. The renowned artist Bob Wilson has developed a light show for this year that is dedicated to 150 years of Impressionism in Normandy. This free outdoor spectacle is not to be missed if you are in Rouen!

Impressionism Museum

Normandy is the ideal holiday destination in 2024

Normandy is a fantastic destination for a holiday every year. This year, this region is particularly attractive to visit. In addition to the festival celebrating 150 years of Impressionism in Normandy, there is also the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of D-Day. The largest landing operation in history laid the groundwork in 1944 for our freedom. Naturally, there are also many festivities commemorating this event. Additionally, Normandy has beautiful landscapes and the iconic island of Mont Saint-Michel as attractions. All the more reason to visit Normandy this year!