Normandy Impressionist Festival: main events

Normandy Impressionist Festival: main events



"A City for Impressionism: Monet, Pissarro and Gauguin", Rouen
This exhibition organised by the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen will present an exceptional selection of works from public and private collections from around the world, including several major works which will be exhibited for the first time in France.
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 "Impressionism along the Seine" at the Musée des Impressionnismes, Giverny
This exhibition retraces the history of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, from Eugène Boudin to Henri Matisse. Works on display will include masterpieces by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, and Georges Seurat.
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Works by Degas from the Senn Collection at the Musée Malraux, Le Havre
The Senn collection brings together an exceptional group of drawings and pastels by Edgar Degas, most of which will be on display to the public for the first time. The exhibition will present 47 works alongside additional drawings on loan from the Musée d’Orsay.
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Signac – Ports of France at the Musée Malraux, Le Havre
In 1929, at the age of 65, the renowned artist Paul Signac achieved one of his long-held ambitions – to paint watercolours of 100 ports in France.
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"Claude, Camille, Jacques-Emile, Eva and others... The Impressionists in Dieppe"
This exhibition will bring together masterpieces by Eugène Boudin, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Sisley, Gauguin, Jacques-Emile Blanche and Eva Gonzalès, all of whom were attracted to the region by the quality of Normandy's light.
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Boudin and Jongkind at the Musée de Honfleur
The story of artists' meetings at Honfleur and the Auberge Saint-Siméon is the theme of this exhibition which will highlight the work of famous and lesser-known artists alike. Exhibits include works by Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Alexandre Dubourg, Claude Monet, J-B. Jongkind, A-Félix Cals and many others.
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"Impressionist Prints" at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen
This exhibition held in Caen will bring together a selection of Impressionist print masterpieces, all of which come from the superb collection of the French National Library (Bibliothèque Nationale de France).
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"Millet, at the dawn of Impressionism" exhibition at the Musée Thomas-Henry, Cherbourg-Octeville
Focusing on the landscapes of the Nord-Cotentin area, with its cliffs, sea and hedged fields, this exhibition presents a collection of pastels, oils and drawings on loan from museums around the world. The works on display are quite different to the country scenes for which Millet is famous and will introduce visitors to a different side of the artist's work.
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"Maxence Rifflet – Cherbourg via the coast" exhibition (working title), Cherbourg-Octeville
At the invitation of the Point du Jour, an arts centre based in Cherbourg, photographer Maxence Rifflet has produced a series of images which follow the coastal road (known as the "route touristique") from Cherbourg to Coutances.
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"In the footsteps of Corot in Normandy", Saint-Lô
This exhibition focuses on the links between the artist Corot and Normandy, highlighting his friendships and stays here, and paying particular attention to his connection with Saint-Lô.
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 "Léon Riesener, from Romanticism to Impressionism", Lisieux  
Dedicated to Léon Riesener, the largest public collection of whose work is held by the Musées de Lisieux (pastels, drawings, oils on canvas, daguerreotypes etc), this exhibition aims to demonstrate the extent to which the artist's work reveals him to be one of the precursors of Impressionism.
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The Seine through the eyes of painters: from Boudin to Vallotton at the Musée Poulain, Vernon
This exhibition will introduce visitors to some of the less familiar sights along the banks of the Seine, an area which saw the birth of Impressionism, as well as highlighting the wealth and diversity of the landscapes in the Seine valley.
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"Painting in Normandy" collection in Honfleur and Grand Quevilly
The "Painting in Normandy" collection will present a superb selection of paintings by Monet, Courbet, Corot, Boudin, Cals, Delattre and many others.
"Fernand Bignon, in the wake of Impressionism" at the Musée Villa Montebello, Trouville-sur-Mer
The work of Fernand Bignon, a photographer and film-maker from Normandy, presents a remarkable photographic record of the pictorial art developed by the French Impressionists, as well as English landscape painters and Dutch artists.
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Blanche Hoschedé-Monet exhibition, Louviers
The Musée de Louviers houses an exhibition of works by Claude Monet's step-daughter.

"Rouen impressionnée"
Outdoor contemporary art installations will be exposed around the centre of Rouen.
This is mainly the project of the artist Arne Quinze whose piece will be placed on the Boieldieu Bridge all summer. The Belgian artist is well known around the world for her wooden constructions.

Live shows, video art and music

Impressionism and Video Art: an echo of light - Jardins de l'Hôtel du département de Seine-Maritime, Rouen
Video artists have much in common with the Impressionists, including their youth and a desire to look at things differently and express themselves in new ways. This exhibition presents the work of around twenty video artists from various cultures and nationalities, with the aim of allowing visitors to "discover and rediscover", but also to demonstrate the extraordinary modern approach and energy of these young masters of the 19th century.
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As part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival, Fabrice Roy presents a play featuring a dialogue between Claude Monet and Georges Clemenceau. The play will be performed all over Normandy.
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Les Musicales de Normandie
Twenty concerts featuring music by Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, and Théodore Dubois to be held across Normandy.
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Impressionist Programme/Music and Dance at the Opéra de Rouen
Orchestral programme: La Mer and a piano marathon; a choral performance of French music; Opera: Pelléas et Mélisande.

Festival events

Le Grand Déjeuner sur l’Herbe, 20 June
The festival is the perfect opportunity to recreate the Luncheon on the Grass (Déjeuner sur l’herbe) by Manet and Monet or the Luncheon of the Boating Party (Déjeuner des Canotiers) by Renoir. A number of picnics open to the general public will be organised by the festival and held throughout the region, particularly on the banks of the Seine and along the coast.

Impressionist-style dances and "guinguettes"
Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 July 2010, and throughout the summer. Throughout the festival, towns and villages in Normandy, especially those on the banks of the Seine, will be the setting for traditional "guingettes" (musical restaurants) in the style of the period of Renoir and Monet.

Open-air cinema at the Abbaye de Jumièges
Traditional haystacks will be created in the abbey gardens as a "living" counterpoint to the famous Impressionist paintings of haystacks reproduced in giant format. The event will include a "déjeuner sur l’herbe" picnic, as well as the permanent projection of amateur films from the Mémoire audiovisuelle de Haute-Normandie collection.
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Journée Eugène Boudin, Deauville
Artistic, gastronomic, musical and theatrical events on Sunday 8 August 2010. The programme includes a theatrical walk, "In the footsteps of Eugène Boudin" ("Sur les traces d’Eugène Boudin"), a "déjeuner sur l’herbe" picnic, an Impressionist buffet at the Hippodrome, and a painting lesson on the boardwalk.
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Impressionist-themed events in Trouville-sur-Mer
As part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival, the town of Trouville is organising a programme of Impressionist-themed events, including "painting in the street" and open-air cinema. 

Impressionist-themed events in Cabourg
Cabourg is organising a range of summer events around the first festival dedicated to Impressionism, including a dinner on the seawall for 2,500 guests in period costume and illuminations on the Grand Hôtel.

Events for children

"Variations Impressionnistes" at Clères zoo and botanical gardens
The Parc de Clères is organising a range of "variations Impressionnistes" events, including a "guingette" (musical restaurant) on the banks of the river, Impressionist lectures and "impressions végétales" (plant-based Impressionist creations).

Les Nuits Impressionnistes, Rouen
The ephemeral creations of the Nuits Impressionnistes – a combination of sound and light, modern technology and cultural heritage – will highlight the cathedral and the Fine Arts Museum, two masterpieces which are closely linked to the Impressionist movement.
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L’Allée des géants au Parc Festyland
Situated in the heart of the Calvados, Parc Festyland presents the history of Normandy in an informative manner through thirty different family attractions. During this Impressionist year, the park is aiming high! Discover the "Les Géants de l'Impressionnisme" open-air exhibition. Around ten works by the most important Impressionist artists will be exhibited in the park.

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