The Normandy Impressionist Festival is drawing to a close, but there's still time to see some of the blockbuster exhibitions; most of them continue until the end of September. It's a wonderful chance to see so many great paintings. The Festival has gathered together the masterpieces of Impressionist Art under different headings and themes.
In Rouen 100 great works are brought together in Dazzling Impressions; the Fine Arts Museum in Caen shows A Summer at the Water's Edge - Leisure and Impressionism (Une été au bord de l'eau). Eighty paintings are on display taking the theme of human figures in scenes by lakes, on rivers or beside the sea.
If you're a fan of Camille Pissarro, then feast on the series of paintings he did of the three major Normandy ports: Rouen, Caen and Dieppe. It's at the Musée d'art moderne André Malraux in Le Havre.
Photography was at its beginnings at the time of the Impressionists, so it's particularly interesting to see the photographic works that appeared in the same period. In Caen, there's In Color and in Light (En Couleurs et en Lumiére) which shows a series of autochrome pictures of landscape and monuments around Normandy. Trouville has the first photographs of the Cote Fleurie on the Normandy coast and Trouville - snapshots of life in the bathing resort.
Check out the Photographic Exhibitions in Normandy.
You'll also find small exhibitions in many of the towns of Normandy, so ask at the local tourist offices for information.
More about the Region
- Guide to Rouen
- Guide to Caen
- Where to Stay near the D-Day Landing Beaches (near Caen)
- Guide to Bayeux
- The Bayeux Tapesty
Image: John Singer Sargent, Two women asleep in a punt under the willow trees at the Normandy Impressionist Festival, 2013 © Musée Calouste Gulbenkian/photo Catarina Gomes Ferreira