Rouen (72 Seine Maritime, Normandie) brings together some of the work of Monet, Pisarro and Gauguin to celebrate the city’s place in Impressionist Art with “Une ville pour Impressionnisme: Monet, Pissarro, Gauguin à Rouen” (“A City for Impressionism”) – all part of a wider Normandy Impressionist festival held in the summer of 2016 – Impressionist Normandy Festival (Normandie Impressioniste) – the next edition will be 3 April – 6 September 2020
Impressionist Normandy Festival
Rouen and Impressionism – the central theme of the 2016 edition was the Impressionist portraits with several major exhibitions which shows how rich Normandie is in Fine Art Museums
- Rouen, Musée des Beaux Arts
- Caen, Musée des Beaux Arts
- Honfleur, Musée Eugène Boudin
- Le Havre, MuMa André Malraux Museum of Modern Art
- Giverny, Musée des Impressionnismes
For more information on the festival see www.normandie-impressionniste.fr – the next edition will be 3 April – 6 September 2020
A must-see for art lovers to the region has to be Monet’s Garden at Giverny: http://giverny.org
Just to the west of Rouen is the Abbaye de Jumièges, the ruins of a Benedictine monastery which has been voted as one of the top places to visit in France by the French! (France2 TV).
“One of the first major achievements of Romanesque Art in Normandy surrounded by centuries old trees : the facade, bare and striking is flanked by towers. The large porch with a loft is the remains of the pre-Romanesque traditions. Before the destructions of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the monastery buildings were set around the cloister, of which only the outline remains while a few remnants of the monastery buildings can still be seen.”
For more on the Abbaye de Jumièges see www.abbayedejumieges.fr/
Near Giverny (just 3km from Monet’s garden) in the village of Sainte-Geneviève-lès-Gasny is a good B&B/Guest House La Roseraie with 3000 m² of landscaped gardens and pool.