The Marcel Proust Museum in Cabourg
Commemorating 100 years since Marcel Proust won the coveted Prix Goncourt literary prize, The Villa du Temps Retrouve (Marcel Proust Museum) opened in 2021 in Cabourg. Just enter the Villa to step back in time, immersing yourself in the world of Marcel Proust, who loved staying at this Norman seaside resort in the early 20th century. Everything is inspiring here, from paintings by the likes Jacques-Emile Blanche, Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet to reception rooms bearing witness to the major artistic, economic and social changes of the period. Visiting this distinctive villa, you’ll understand how Normandy stirred passions for so many artists.
Les Franciscaines: A new Impressionist address in Deauville
Visiting Les Franciscaines is like embarking on an artistic journey. It took three years to transform and renovate this former 19th century orphanage that now houses two exceptional Impressionist collections. Normandy’s beaches, villages and traditional hedge-divided landscapes feature prominently in the collection Peindre en Normandie, made up of an extremely varied array of 185 works. According to the pieces on display, you’ll be able to contemplate close ups, canvases that take you along the local coast, known as the Côte Fleurie. Some of the artwork will show you Deauville and Trouville’s eternal charm, as the twin resorts were greatly appreciated by the Impressionists with their ever-changing light and colourful seaside activities.
A deliciously Impressionist presentation of works in Rouen
Rouen’s Musée des Beaux-Arts , or Fine Arts Museum, has been beautifully redone inside, offering a completely new presentation of its Impressionist collection, one of the richest in France. It includes major works by Claude Monet, including from his Rouen Cathedral series, as well as by Camille Pissarro, Gustave Caillebotte and Alfred Sisley. These masterpieces can now be found grouped together in the Impressionist Gallery.