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As the land of Impressionism, Rouen and the Seine Valley have inspired artists such as Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley, as well as an entire artistic movement with the École de Rouen and its most significant representatives: Lebourg, Frechon and Pinchon.
Impressionists in Rouen: Sites to visit and paintings to see
From Claude Monet’s cathedrals campaign, to the towpaths of Sahurs or La Bouille, there are no fewer than seven impressionist sites to visit in Rouen or in the area surrounding the capital of Normandy. The particularity of the light and the green landscapes were true sources of inspiration for these painters. Numerous famous canvases are the tangible proof of that.
The panorama from Sainte-Catherine’s Hill in Bonsecours, the towpaths and banks of the Seine, the Île Lacroix, the Boieldieu bridge, the Rue de l’Epicerie and of course the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Rouen will enable you to experience the emotions felt by these great artists in an instant.
Whether you enjoy painting, are uninitiated or an art expert, these sites with such rich history will call out to you. Rouen is also one of the major sites for the Normandy Impressionist Festival, holding exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, concerts and even conferences on this great artistic movement.