The Alabaster Coast, with its spectacular white chalk cliffs and its seaside resorts, were often painted by the Impressionists.
A renowned seaside resort in the 19th century, the town of Dieppe attracted high society and numerous artists.
Located in a 15th century chateau, the museum of Dieppe illustrates local history with its collection of works in ivory, old maps and paintings. The Impressionist movement is well represented, with works by Renoir, Pissarro, Boudin, and Gonzalès. Also worth seeing are the paintings by Sickert, notably of the church of Saint-Jacques de Dieppe, which he painted in a series just as Monet did with Rouen cathedral.
The church of Saint-Jacques de Dieppe, built between the 12th and 16th centuries, served as a subject for Pissarro, as he composed a stunning series of urban views from his room in the Hotel du Commerce.
The “Dieppe and Impressionist Period Artists” guided tour explores the historic town centre, the marina and the seafront. It is an ideal way to find out about the lives of artists who frequented Dieppe during the Impressionist era.
Impressionist walks, accompanied by a guide, follow the cliffs exploring places depicted by Impressionist painters. They include an introduction to the natural landscape, and the formation of the cliffs. The walks are organised by Dieppe’s service Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (Town of Art and History Service).