Travel and Adventure: Normandy, the cradle of French Impressionism

Throughout the area the Impressionists’ artistic heritage is being celebrated with special events and superb exhibitions in the museums of Le Havre, Rouen, Caen, Giverny and other cities, towns and villages. These sites range from the well-known, such as Monet’s home in Giverny, where he painted his beloved water lilies, to the unexpected, the Dior Museum in Granville with a special exhibition on the influence of Impressionism on fashion designer Christian Dior.

This movement all began during the late 1800s when the Paris Salon refused the work of several young artists because they ignored the rules established by the Salon concerning the merits of art. Among these painters were Camille Pissarro, Monet, Paul Cezanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas and the Post-Impressionists — Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Georges-Pierre Seurat, all of whom refused to depict the accepted styles of realistically

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