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The Claude Monet Grand Tour

The Claude Monet Grand Tour follows the painter’s entire career, from its beginnings to the hugely successful Water Lilies series, tracing his path across Normandy and ending in the museums of Paris.

Claude Monet spent most of his life in Normandy. In Le Havre, where he spent his youth, he was introduced to landscapes by Eugène Boudin and Johan Barthold Jongkind. It was here, in 1872, that he painted Impression: Sunrise, an iconic painting of the Impressionist movement. At Honfleur and on the Côte Fleurie, he took part in the convivial gatherings at the Ferme Saint-Siméon, together with his friends Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet, Frédéric Bazille and Johan Barthold Jongkind. On the Alabaster Coast, he painted all the cliffs between Dieppe, Fécamp and Etretat. In Rouen, he painted his famous Cathedrals series. Finally, at Giverny, he spent the last forty-three years of his life, and created his most celebrated series of all: Haystacks, Mornings on the Seine, and Water Lilies.

Click on the reference points to find out more. Map also viewable full-screen.

© eliophot - JF. Drean

Hôtel des Ifs - Barnevile-Carterêt (Manche)

© Calvados Tourisme

Noix de Saint Jacques

(c) Yuri Arcurs - Fotolia