The Impressionists in Normandy

14 October 2017 - 21 January 2018

Rugged rocks and steep cliffs, thundering ocean waves and rapid changes in the weather - the coast of Normandy offered the Impressionist painters a unique natural spectacle that they tried to capture in their paintings. Leading Impressionists such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir set up their easels in the open air on the beaches of Normandy, in picturesque places like Pourville, Etretat or Belle Isle, to capture the light and atmosphere of the north of France in their Impressionistic pictorial compositions.

The Pablo Picasso Art Museum, Münster is celebrating the coasts of Northern France as the cradle of Impressionism with its large-scale special exhibition "The Impressionists in Normandy" (14 October 2017 – 21 January 2018). It shows some of the most beautiful works from, among others. the "Peindre en Normandie" collection in Caen, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen and the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, including works by Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Eugène Boudin and Gustave Courbet. Visitors will see 83 paintings by 52 artists,  works that have never been exhibited in Germany before.

Romantic seascapes by Eugène Isabey and Eugène Le Poittevin, the school of Barbizon, a pioneer of plein-air painting, and maritime landscape paintings by Johann Barthold Jongkind and Eugène Boudin shed light on the origins of Impressionism. At the same time, they are in dialogue with the works of Claude Monet and other leading protagonists of Impressionism. In addition, the exhibition presents the colourful paintings of the post-Impressionist and Fauvist avant-garde of the twentieth century, also inspired by Normandy with their representations of elegant bathers and streamlined sailboats.

With this exhibition the Picasso Museum invites its visitors to take a stroll along the beaches and through the villages and coastal cities of Normandy, one of the most important centres for the development of modern art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Claude Monet, Bateaux sur la plage à l'Etretat, 1883, Öl auf Leinwand, Fondation Bemberg, Toulouse (c) RMN-Grand Palais, Mathieu Rabeau / Claude Monet, Vue générale de Rouen, 1892, Öl auf Leinwand, Musée des Beaux Arts, Rouen (c) Métropole Rouen Normandie, Foto: Catherine Lancien, Carole Loisel

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