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Vernon half-timbered houses
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The Old Mill in Vernon
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Monet's house and garden at Giverny
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The XIIth c. castle keep in Vernon
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Visits, indeed, but there are so many other things to do in Vernon
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Walking and cycling around Vernon
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Museums in Vernon (paintings by Monet) and Giverny
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A walk in the streets of Giverny
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The water lily pond at Giverny
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Tourelles castle in Vernon
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Welcome to Giverny (2)

Musée des Impressionnismes
(The museum of impressionisms)


Just 200 metres from Monet's house and garden, you can visit the Museum of Impressionisms. It opened  at Giverny on May 1st, 2009 thanks to the help of  various  local and regional  Boards, and with the partnership of Orsay museum in Paris and the Terra Foundation.

The museum, dedicated to the history of Impressionism, its precursors and also its aftermath, aims at showing the diversity of aesthetic (and geographic) origins and styles among the painters usually recognized as Impressionists. These artists  never formed  a united group, never founded a unique school and often worked alone. This is why the plural  applied to the term ’Impressionism’ to evoke this very plurality.




Museum entrance

Exhibition room


This Museum especially reminds visitors that Giverny has a special place in both French and American art history. In 1890, Monet's fame had spread across the Atlantic and growing numbers of American artists came to stay in the village for weeks, months, years or even for ever, like Theodore Butler who married Monet's step-daughter, Suzanne Hoschedé. Cezanne also stayed a  few weeks in the vilage. The painters sought the presence of the Impressionist master and the glimmering light and misty landscapes of the countryside, made famous in his paintings.

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The 2018 EXHIBITIONS
  March  29th- juillet 15th, 2018
Japonisms /Impressionisms



The opening of trade and diplomatic links with Japan in 1868 enabled Western artists to discover artistic forms that were radically different from those they had been taught for centuries.
Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters were sensitive to the refinement of an art that reflected their own aspirations, paving the way for a veritable artistic revolution. 
The exhibition  features around 120 paintings and prints, from Monet to Van Gogh.


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Juillet 27th - 4 november 4th 2078
Henri-Edmond CROSS - Painting happiness


This exhibition devoted to the Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross (1856–1910) will span the artist’s entire career. Born in Douai, he discovered the light of the South of France in 1883, where he settled for good in 1891. At the beginning of the 20th century, together with Paul Signac, he was regarded as one of the fathers of modern art. The exhibition will emphasise his role in the history of the liberation of colour and his impact on 20th-century avant-garde artistic movements.


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Mars 30th - 4 november 4th 2018
HIRAMATSU in Giverny

In 1994, the contemporary Japanese painter Hiramatsu Reiji discovered Claude Monet’s Water-lilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie and visited the artist’s garden in Giverny. Landscapes with water and reflections became one of his favourite subjects. In this exhibition, panels and folding screens will reveal his mastery of the traditional Japanese technique called nihonga.






Permanent exhibit...  Around Monet



In addition to the temporary exhibitions, the Museum  displays works on the theme of Claude Monet’s influence on his contemporaries and successive generations.

This presentation pays tribute to one of the most important individuals in the history of French art by emphasizing his impact in France and abroad, from Sisley to the colony of American artists in Giverny, and from Joan Mitchell to the Japanese painter Hiramatsu Reiji.




Among the paintings of this permanent exhibition :
(on the left)
Claude Monet - Nympheas avec rameaux de saule
(on the right)  Maximilien Luce, L'ile à bois, 1914
Entrance fee is included in the museum ticket
Open March 29 - November 4, 2018



 
The museum building,  by the Reichen and Robert agency, who designed the Grande Halle de la Villette, was designed to blend into the Seine valley landscape, to respect and enhance the typical landscape of the valley with its fields, orchards, terraces, and hedgerows. The atmosphere is a tribute to nature, so dear to the Impressionists, using an architecture that both respects and celebrates the natural world.



  The building  disappears behind greenery

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Even if you do not wish to visit this museum (it would be a pity not to as it is very beautiful and it rounds off the visit of Monet's garden) you are advised to walk around its garden (free admission). It is a modern one, quite different from Monet's but you will certainly enjoy it.

Conceived by the landscape artist Mark Rudkin the garden is a a highly structured, contemporary creation divided into little squares surrounded by hedges composed of beech trees. Each square ( or each "room")  has a single dominant colour: after the white garden, with water gurgling down a pond, there follows a square for herbs, another full of roses; a blue square and a pink one that lead the visitors to the western part of the garden where wild flowers and plants are an introduction to a larger meadow sown with poppies.


  

The Museum of Impresionisms has been  awarded the Remarkable Garden Label.

The label rewards gardens and parks, both historical and contemporary, that are particularly well maintained and open to visitors



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