The Normandy-Paris Region: the Geographic Heart Of Impressionism

Gazing at the same sights that inspired the impressionists can be a wonderful basis for touring the Normandy-Paris region.

The Impressionists revolutionised art in the 19th century and today their works rank among the world’s most popular cultural references. These “realist” artists abandoned their studios to work outside. They moved to Barbizon in the forest of Fontainebleau, and gathered in Hon eur and the resorts of the Alabaster coast and the ‘Cote Fleurie’. Using the railway or sailing along the river Seine, the impressionists found new subjects in Paris, Ile-de- France and in Normandy. This vast area still bears the imprint of the key players: Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Vincent van Gogh, Eugène Boudin, Gustave Caillebotte, Berthe Morisot…

The story of the impressionists opens the way for new discoveries and experiences: the places where they lived, today open to the public, paintings famous throughout the world exhibited in museums with outstanding collections, festivals and prestigious temporary exhibitions.


  • At the same time follow in the impressionists’ footsteps, and contemplate their works in exceptional museums.
  • Organised routes are visual reproductions of the paintings in the very places where the artists once placed their easels…
  • A particularly powerful cultural experience.