The nineteenth century saw the emergence of a new pictorial genre: landscape painting in the open-air.
Thanks to this artistic revolution, Normandy became, for a century, the favourite destination of all the avant-garde painters, foremost among them the Impressionists. Normandy possessed considerable advantages that attracted artists: the beauty and diversity of its landscapes, its rich architectural heritage, the fashion for sea bathing, as well as easy access from London and Paris, the two artistic capitals of the time. Normandy thus established itself as the preferred open-air studio of the Impressionists (Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas, Sisley, Boudin, Morisot, Gauguin …), who went there to refine their art and constantly renew it.
By way of forty paintings, the exhibition aims first of all to evoke the decisive role played by Normandy in the emergence of the Impressionist movement, via interactions between French and English landscape painters, the development of a school of nature and the encounters at Saint-Siméon. Subsequently, passing from an historical approach to a more geographical presentation, the exhibition shows just how much the landscapes and above all the luminosity of Normandy were crucial in the attraction that this region exercised over all the masters of Impressionism.
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About the museum
This mansion was built at the end of the 19th century in Haussmann’s redesigned Paris, and visitors can explore rooms decorated and furnished in the period style.
Everyday until July 25th, 2016
Where: Musée Jacquemart-André, Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France
Metro: Miromesnil (Lines 9 & 13)