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The Seine estuary

This tour explores places frequented by painters from the north to the south of the Seine estuary.

© Eric Lorang

Vieux bassin - Honfleur (Calvados)

The constantly changing light at the mouth of the Seine, both on the water and in the sky, fascinated innumerable artists. The historical heritage and coastal landscapes differ greatly from one side to the other.

In the north, Le Havre was a stronghold of creative activity among painters. Millet, Boudin, Turner and Jongkind could all be found here, as well as Monet in his early years.

Etretat and its cliffs also spurred creative activity among the Impressionists. They were painted at an early date by Delacroix, who spent his childhood holidays near Fécamp.

In the south, Honfleur is considered to be one of the cradles of Impressionism, as well as being the birthplace of Eugène Boudin, who introduced the young Claude Monet to outdoor painting.

Finally, on the Côte Fleurie, at Trouville, Courbet and Whistler painted their seascapes.

The river crossing is made via the spectacular Pont de Normandie (Normandy Bridge), which links Le Havre and Honfleur. It offers a magnificent view of the mouth of the Seine and the Channel.

The Seine estuary, in two days

1 – From Le Havre to Etretat and Fecamp…

2 – …to Honfeur, Trouville and Houlgate

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