Travelling in time with the Impressionists

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  • © Atout France/Catherine Bibollet

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  • La Lecture  of Edouard Manet

    La Lecture of Edouard Manet

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Travelling in time with the Impressionists

From Paris to Normandy, walk in the footsteps of Impressionism's most influential painters.

Begin your journey in the Capital, at Musée d’Orsay, which boasts the world's greatest collection of Impressionist works. Since the 2011 renovation of the gallery that houses the Impressionist paintings, visitors can gain a whole new perspective during their visit, culminating in the works of Manet, Degas, Monet, Cézanne, Renoir and Sisley…

In Paris' 16th district, but a few subway stations from Quai d'Orsay, take in the Claude Monet collection at the Marmottan Monet Museum.  Important gathering place during the First Empire, this museum is a unique setting in which visitors can admire the great works that marked Monet's career, along with works by other Impressionist painters who kept company with the  artist.  Among these, Auguste Renoir and other major players of the new artistic movement: Sisley, Pissarro, Guillaumin, Degas and Berthe Morisot.

Continue your exploration en route to Normandy, to the land of Monet in Giverny, more precisely to the home where he lived from 1883 to 1926. As passionate about gardening as he was about colours, Monet designed a flower and water garden that remain true masterpieces to this day.

On your way back to the Capital, take a worthwhile detour to Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise and delve into the world of the Impressionists via new technology, with interactive screens, scenographies, etc.

For longer getaways, flesh out your journey by heading further into Normandy, to the Rouen Cathedral, the port at Honfleur or even to the Seine Valley, inspiration to many Impressionist painters...

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