The birthplace of impressionism, Normandy has already hosted two Normandy Impressionist Festivals. Rouen and the Seine valley share a strong history with the Impressionist masters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley, but also a very influential movement in the artistic world: the École de Rouen.
Rouen, Capital of Normandy
Temporary exhibitions, shows, dance-halls, recitals, concerts and conferences enliven the towns and sites in the area. The general theme of the festivities is different each year. The 2016 Festival will have a theme of portraits.
The first festival was of course marked by a major event, the exhibition “a town for Impressionism: Monet, Gauguin and Pissarro in Rouen” presented at the Museum of Fine Arts in Rouen. This brought a unique collection of works and public and private collections together, some of which had never been exhibited in France. Another highlight was the event “Monet as seen from the sky”, bringing 1250 volunteers together to recreate a giant Monet painting, or the piece “Camille” by Arne Quinze on the Boieldieu bridge.
Along with the Armada, the Normandy Impressionist Festival is an essential event for the people of Rouen, Normandy and tourists to the Rouen area.