Welcome to Normandy, Paris and the Paris Region! It’s across these regions, uniquely, that you can both contemplate so many of the Impressionists’ wonderful paintings and experience, during a visit here, the emotions that inspired these artists.  Discover 7 very good reasons why you should embark on Impressionist adventures around our destination! 

1 - THE Impressionist destination par excellence

Normandy, Paris and the Paris Region witnessed the birth and blossoming of Impressionism, that art movement that revolutionised the history of art. Its painters, discovering new freedoms, set up their easels in the open (en plein air), beside the Seine, in the heart of Paris’s vibrant modern quarters, or along Normandy’s coasts. Today, our destination provides visitors with exclusive Impressionist experiences, enabling you to contemplate masterpieces gathered together in our prestigious museums and to get close to the emotions that inspired these artists.

2 - The finest Impressionist collections in the world

Our great Paris museums (Orsay, Marmottan Monet, l’Orangerie), along with those in Normandy (Giverny, Rouen, Le Havre, Dieppe, Honfleur), together constitute the largest permanent Impressionist exhibition in the world! You’ll find many works by the likes of Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, Caillebotte and Sisley on display, along with pieces by their precursors (Boudin, Daubigny, Corot) and heirs (Van Gogh, Luce, Seurat, Signac). What a visual feast awaits you!

3 - A journey through settings that resemble Impressionist paintings

More than simply a journey back into the history of art, our Impressionist adventures transport you from paintings to feelings, immersing you, if you like, in living pictures that will awaken all your senses. You can still very clearly feel Impressionism in the air across our 9 highlighted areas around Normandy and the Paris Region! The country and urban landscapes immortalised by the Impressionists, whether grandiose or bucolic, have in large part remained intact, providing you with contemplative moments transporting you back in time in quite unique fashion.

4 - The pleasure of the moment

Famously painters of the moment and of modernity, the Impressionists depicted joyous daily scenes that made their paintings vibrant with life. In their times, from Paris to Normandy, a joie de vivre blossomed, centred around riverside restaurants and boating, cafés, cabarets and dances, as well as outings to France’s earliest seaside resorts. Now, our regions encourage you to experience for yourself those inspiring moments that so inspired our artists. Our Impressionist adventures reflect a multitude of such special moments. Now, come and create your own!

5 - One hundred ideas to create your perfect Impressionist adventure

Visitors can put together their own Impressionist trips, going at their own pace, according to their personal wishes, with no fewer than a hundred relevant places to choose from, scattered across our Impressionist destination. Whether fans of exhibitions and museums, keen on wide open spaces and art-related trails, or wishing to explore our artists’ cities, towns and villages, you will be spoilt for choice.

6 - A cycling and slow tourism destination

It seems only natural to want to follow in the footsteps of the Impressionists in the great outdoors, travelling by bike to reach the precise spots where they set up their easels! A new cycle route, the “Seine à Vélo”, crosses the Paris Region and Normandy, going from Paris to either Le Havre or Deauville. It adds to other Impressionist-related routes dedicated to non-motorised travel, particularly bikes, that are accessible to all: the “Avenue Verte London Paris”, leading cyclists to Auvers-sur-Oise, following in the tracks of Vincent van Gogh; the “Vélomaritime”, enabling you to discover by bike places such as Dieppe, Étretat and Le Havre, so dear to Monet and Renoir and their wives; The “Vélo Francette”, guiding cyclists via Caen; and the “Scandibérique”, leading you in Caillebotte’s footsteps to Yerres and to Sisley’s den in Moret-sur-Loing.

7 - Such a very French festive destination  

Impressionism forms part of the DNA of Normandy and the Paris Region! Every year, exhibitions and conferences as well as new venues and experiences celebrate the likes of Monet, Renoir, Degas and their partners. To enjoy your trip to the full, these areas also encourage you to make the most of a certain French way of life characterised by conviviality and tasty gastronomy.

Enjoy: a coffee with croissant on a café terrace in Montmartre or on a Parisian boulevard; a dinner in a starred restaurant, in a gastro-brasserie or sampling a seafood platter on the Normandy coast; an improvised lunch beside the Seine at a food truck, or in a spot right by the water, to recreate the vibrant festive spirit of those guinguettes, or riverside restaurants, so dear to the Impressionists.

Don a straw hat and imagine yourself right in the midst of a masterpiece such as the Déjeuner des Canotiers!