This journey through Normandy offers a chance to take in the landscapes behind the easels. Few regions in the world are so synonymous with a school of painting. Monet, Caillebotte, Sisley, Manet, Renoir and so many others created Impressionism in this area, such was their fascination with the light, the expanses of sky and the bucolic settings. Even though their masterpieces are nowadays scattered around the world's finest museums, anyone can come here to view the scenery that they loved and painted so much. Didn't Claude Monet say of the shoreline at Honfleur : "Every day I see something new and more beautiful here, so much so it's enough to drive one mad!"
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Hotel and restaurant in town. In the 16th arrondissement of the French capital, Saint James Paris lovingly cultivates a world of unmatched refinement and art de vivre. Close to the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue Foch, this exceptional hotel reveals a discreet character imbued with pastoral charm and an aura unlike any other. Graced with 5,000 square metres of greenery, it holds court amidst marvellous gardens made all the more remarkable by the landscape designer Xavier de Chirac. This former private mansion is now bridging its romantic neoclassical soul with modernity, thanks to the talents of interior designer Laura Gonzalez, who has achieved a perfect symbiosis of plant life and art deco. The decorative contrasts exhibit a rare elegance, as evidenced by the fifty rooms and suites which are at once chic and poetic, grandiose and intimate. It is unique amalgam that continues with the cuisine of chef Julien Dumas who, in the Bellefeuille gourmet restaurant, sublimates the diversity and intensity of flavours while celebrating his ardent passion for nature and seafood. ... Learn moreless
In the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, in the magnificent setting of a pavilion dating back to Napoleon III with ceiling friezes by Caran d'Ache, Chef Frédéric Anton, MOF (Best Craftsman of France) serves a cuisine which is both subtle and generous. He reveals the best of his ingredients, teasing out...Read More less
This is the location of Claude Monet’s house and gardens, the place which so inspired the great painter. Thanks to the remarkable work of the gardeners to preserve the botanical heritage, visitors can discover the atmosphere which surrounded the artist at the end of the 19th century. Giverny is the birthplace...Read More less
First thoughts of Argenteuil bring to mind the famous paintings of bridges and poppy fields by Monet. This was also the birthplace of the Association of Impressionist Painters in 1873. A place where painters would congregate, in close proximity to the capital. Renoir and Caillebotte depicted sailboats...Read More less
Designated as a historic monument and completely restored, the mill at Andé has been playing host to musicians and strollers for over fifty years. Numerous violin and piano recitals are given each year in this relaxing, bucolic setting. Don’t miss taking a walk in the vast grounds.
It took three centuries (12th-15th) to build one of France's finest Gothic cathedrals in Rouen. With its lantern tower rising high above, in 1876 it was still the tallest building in the world! Its international reputation was sealed by Monet, who painted it in 28 works. In recent years, the painter's...Read More less
Launched in 2010, this amazing festival featuring a rich programme of events in this region themed around the Impressionists. In Rouen, we discovered a wonderful exhibition entitled: "The Impressionists' City: Monet, Gauguin and Pissarro in Rouen". It has been a hit success and each year follows...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Once a refuge for impressionist painters, La Ferme Saint-Siméon is celebrated for its bucolic surroundings and beautiful Seine estuary light. Monet and Courbet would come here and work on their colours, and Baudelaire would flee the melancholy of Paris in search of inspiration. The farm, close to the old harbour of Honfleur and the Eugène-Boudin Museum, has now been restored throughout and provides relaxing treatments based on organic ingredients such as milk and Normandy apples. “Oh, Saint-Siméon”, exclaimed the painter Eugène Boudin in one of his journals. Indeed it is hard not to love the place, and even harder to leave it behind. ... Learn moreless
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Hotel in town. Home to Henri de Saint-Delis during the last century, the painter’s soulful spirit lives on in this private mansion located in Honfleur, Normandy — a city whose pictorial sensibility is apparent in the property’s elegant garden and rooms of noble materials, bespoke furniture and steam showers. Art, in its most authentic and singular form, is found everywhere here: in the wood, the stone, the marble. Each element adds to this living painting whose beauty is sublimated by the natural light that illuminates every corner. Sitting in the heart of the historic district, the hotel’s timeless character and intimate atmosphere offer a marvellous portal to explore the local cultural heritage of this emblematic city. From the picturesque houses and small streets to the many art galleries and traditional restaurants near the port, your days will surely be filled with wonderment and a renewed sense of happiness. ... Learn moreless
Less than a ten minute walk from the hotel, the Musée Eugène Boudin – named after the forerunner of Impressionism – reveals one of the region's finest collections of paintings. Born in Honfleur in 1824, Eugène Boudin was a stationer who reinvented himself as a painter and whom his close friend Camille...Read More less
This is one of the painters' preferred landscapes: Étretat and its famous white chalk cliffs have in turn inspired Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet. The latter had a real fascination for this carved section of coastline and painted 75 canvases here, including some 50 in the winter of...Read More less
Honfleur is famous for its little harbour, cobbled streets and old mansions. It is also the birthplace of celebrated musician Erik Satie. The houses named after him offer a wonderful scenography and musical journey that conjure up the genius and "crazy" sides to the artist. Headphones on, you walk through...Read More less
The seaside Ferme Saint-Siméon has long been the refuge of Impressionist painters. Everyone knew how to find it and artists enjoyed the hospitality of the maternal Madame Toutain. Monet and Courbet loved the romantic surroundings as well as the beautiful estuary light. They would both practise their...Read More less
You could be misled by the name of this museum. The modern art museum that André Malraux inaugurated in 1961 houses one of the finest Impressionist collections in France. Works by Eugène Boudin meet those of Pissarro, Renoir and Manet. There are also canvases by Van Dongen, Vallotton and De Staël. All...Read More less
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