Guide to the Best Places to Explore Art in Normandy

Planning an Art school trip to Normandy? Discover where some of the most iconic artists worked & visit the main galleries where their works are displayed. For further details on all our Art trips


Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen

The Musée des Beaux Arts in Rouen houses the second largest collection of Impressionist works in France with paintings by Sisley, Renoir, Pissarro & Degas.

Other European schools from the 15th to the 21st century are also represented with works by artists such as Veronese, Rubens, Caravaggio, Hyacinthe Rigaud, Fragonard, Élisabeth Vigée, David, Delacroix, Carrière & Modigliani.


Medieval Rouen

The picturesque streets, medieval buildings and striking modern architecture make Rouen an ideal location for an art tour. The capital of Normandy once the centre of English rule, the city of St Joan, of Corneille and Flaubert celebrates its history and its culture in many different ways. The Church of St Joan, completed in 1979, typifies the blending of ancient with the contemporary.



The old town of Honfleur is especially known for its picturesque port. The Vieux-Bassin, lined with 16th- to 18th-century townhouses, was painted by many artists, including Courbet, Boudin, Monet & Jongkind, forming the école d'Honfleur which contributed to the development of the Impressionist movement. On a clear day there is a panoramic view of the Seine estuary and the city of Le Havre from the hill above the town.


Monet's House & Garden at Giverny

Claude Monet lived in his house at Giverny from 1883 to 1926. His garden reflects both his passion for flowers as well as colour & was the inspiration for some of his most famous paintings - in particular the Water Lily series.

It is composed of two main sections; a flower garden, the Clos Normand, in front of the house & a Japanese-inspired water garden with its famous bridge on the other side of the road. The two parts contrast & complement one another.


MuMa, Le Havre

The Musée d'Art Moderne André Malraux (also known as Musée Malraux or simply MuMa) contains one of France's most extensive collections of impressionist paintings.

Artists represented in the collection include Corot, Boudin, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Gauguin, Sisley, Pissarro, Matisse as well as a number of old masters.



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Monets house in Giverny

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