Every few years, Normandy hosts ” Festival Normandie Impressionniste”, the Normandy Impressionist Festival. The next major festival will be held between the dates April 3 to September 6, 2020. This festival is a major artistic event, attracting over a million visitors.
Normandie & the Impressionists
One cannot separate the rich history of the Impressionism Art Movement and the Normandy region of France. It was here in Normandy where impressionism was born and developed.
Back in the 1870s, when Impressionism was developing, Normandy, as a region of intense light and natural beauty attracted the painters. Paris-based artists caught the train out from Gare St-Lazare (itself immortalized by Monet), and headed for Normandy.
The impressionists practiced a totally new technique called plein-air painting. They set up their easels outdoors to paint the landscape surrounding them.
Claude Monet loved Normandy so much that he made Giverny his home for over 40 years.
A Festival Celebrating Its Rich Impressionism Heritage
Festival Normandie Impressionniste celebrates the close affinity between Normandy and Impressionism. It is one of the largest events of its kind in all of France.
As a multi-disciplinary event it includes:
- Specially curated Impressionism exhibitions
- Contemporary art exhibitions
- Music concerts
- Photography exhibitions
- Sound & Light shows and more
Impressionism masterpieces from around the world are brought to Normandy and showcased in different exhibitions throughout the region.
Some of the museums that will participate in the 2020 festival and will showcase special curated impressionism exhibitions for the festival are:
- The Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum) in Rouen
- The Musée d’art moderne André Malraux (MuMa) in Le Havre
- The Impressionism Museum in Giverny
Contemporary Impressionism Art
The festival also promotes contemporary interpretations of Impressionism by inviting French and foreign artists to produce new works in the Impressionism avant-garde spirit.
The main characteristic of Festival Normandie Impressionniste is that it is a celebration. Everyone is invited to participate in the festivities organised by towns, associations and private individuals.
This festival is a wonderful and exciting way to see Normandy as many beautiful cities, towns & villages all over Normandy will host this festival.
Activities, concerts and exhibitions will be non-stop making Normandy one huge artistic carnival!
Save the date!! 3rd April until 6th September, 2020
This festival only happens every three years so if you are planning a trip to Normandy between April and September in 2020 you are IN LUCK!
The Festival Normandie Impressionniste 2020 program isn’t yet finalised. However there’s no doubt that this huge event will appeal to all art lovers.
Stay tuned for program details from the official website