This exhibition present an ensemble of some fifty or so prestigious artworks—from both private collections and major American and European museums—that retrace the history of Impressionism, from the forefathers of the movement to the Great Masters.

The 19th century saw the emergence of a new pictorial genre: ‘plein-air’ or outdoor landscape painting. This pictorial revolution, born in England, would spread to the continent in the 1820s and over the course of a century, Normandy would become the preferred destination of many avant-garde painters.

The region’s stunning and diverse landscapes, coupled with the wealth of its architectural heritage, had much to please artists. Furthermore, the growing fashion for sea-bathing attracted many wealthy individuals and families who could easily access Normandy by either boat or stage-coach, and later by train. Its popularity was also increased due to its enviable location—halfway between London and Paris, the two art capitals of the period.

Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, British landscape artists such as Turner, Bonington, and Cotman travelled to Normandy, with their boxes of watercolours, while the French—Géricault, Delacroix, Isabey—made their way to London to discover the English school. From these exchanges, a French landscape school was born, with Corot and Huet at the helm. In their wake, another generation of painters would in turn explore the region (Delacroix, Riesener, Daubigny, Millet, Jongkind, Isabey, Troyon), inventing a new aesthetic.

This artistic revolution truly began to take form at the beginning of the 1860s, the fruit of lively discussions and exchanges at the Saint-Siméon Farm in Honfleur on Normandy’s Flower Coast, increasingly popular with the crème de la crème of this new school of painting. These included Boudin, Monet and Jongkind—an inseparable trio—but also their friends: Courbet, Daubigny, Bazille, Whistler, and Cals... And of course, Baudelaire, who was the first to celebrate in 1859, the ‘meteorological beauties’ of Boudin’s paintings. Not far away, in the hedgerows and woodlands of the Normandy countryside, Degas painted his first horse races at Haras-du-Pin and Berthe Morisot took up landscape painting, while at Cherbourg, Manet would revolutionize seascapes. For several decades, Normandy would be the preferred outdoor or ‘plein-air’ studio of the Impressionists. Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Boudin, Morisot, Caillebotte, Gonzales, and Gauguin would all experiment with their art here in a constant quest for originality and innovation. 

The aim of this exhibition is to evoke the decisive role played by Normandy in the emergence of the Impressionist movement, through exchanges between French and British landscape painters, the development of a school of nature and the encounters between artists at Saint-Siméon. From a historical to a geographic approach, the exhibition then shows how the Normandy landscape, especially the quality of its light, were critical in the attraction that the region had on the Great Impressionist Masters.

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The Team

Production

In 20 years, in close collaboration with curators and art historians, Culturespaces has organised many temporary exhibitions of international standing in Paris and in the regions. Culturespaces manages the whole chain of production for each exhibition, in close collaboration with the public owner, the curator and the exhibition sponsor: programming, loans, transport, insurance, set design, communications, partnership and sponsorship, catalogues and spin-off products.

Curatorial staff

Claire Durand-Ruel Snollaerts, art historian, specialist and authority on Camille Pissarro.
Jacques-Sylvain Klein, art historian.
Pierre Curie,  Curator of the Musée Jacquemart-André.

Scenographer

Hubert le Gall is a French designer, creator and sculptor of contemporary art. His work has formed the subject of numerous exhibitions throughout Europe. Since 2000 he has produced original scenographies for exhibitions.


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OPENING TIMES 

The Museum is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Late night opening on Mondays until 8.30 p.m. 
The Café Jacquemart-André is open from Monday to Friday from 11.45 a.m to 5.30 p.m and from 11 a.m to 2.30 p.m on Saturday and Sunday for brunch.
The cultural gift shop is open during the museum’s opening hours, including Sundays.

 


RATES 

Individuals
Full rate: €12
Reduced rate: €10 (children aged 7-17, students, and unemployed - on presentation of written proof)
Free for children under the age of 7, members and staff of the Institut de France and journalists (on presentation of written proof). A disability card grants free, priority access to the museum. Carers benefit from a reduced rate.
Audioguide: €3 / Booklet: €2,5

Offers for families

Free entry for the second child aged 7 to 17 when two adults and one child entries have been bought.

Groups

Booking only: book your group visit.

 


ACCESS 

The Museum is located 400 m from Place de l’Etoile, 5 min from the Champs-Elysées and the department stores.
By metro: Line 9 and 13, Saint-Augustin, Miromesnil or Saint-Philippe du Roule stations.
By RER: Line A, Charles de Gaulle-Étoile station.
By bus: Lines 22, 43, 52, 54, 28, 80, 83, 84, 93
By car: Parking Haussmann-Berri, at feet of the museum, open 24h/24
By Velib': Station Rue de Berri

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