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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Impressionists in Normandy

This year's Normandy Impressionist Festival is not to be missed. We began our exploration of the event with a visit to the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris for an exhibit featuring Eugène Boudin. We then spent a weekend in Normandy with friends and took advantage of the proximity to visit some regional expositions.

First stop: the Musée de Beaux Arts de Caen for an exposition entitled "Summer at Water's Edge." We then drove along the coast, past the resort towns of Deauville and Trouville where visitors no longer dress like this:

Next stop: Le Havre to visit the exposition "Pissarro dans les ports." As you might expect, the port of Le Havre, heavily bombed during WWII, no longer looks like this:

After visiting the Pissarro exposition, we drove north along the coast to the town of Etretat, immortalized by many impressionist painters.
Etretat in the rain

Check out the size of the people below the cliffs!
The view from the top is stunning.

We had dinner in a lovely restaurant overlooking the town.

The next day, we stopped by the ruined Benedictine Abbey in Jumièges on our way to Rouen.
Jumièges Abbey
Last stop: the Musée des Beaux Arts in Rouen featuring an exposition entitled "Dazzling Reflections - 100 Impressionist Masterpieces." You have until the end of September to follow in the footsteps of the Impressionist painters throughout Normandy.

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