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Honfleur, city of painters...

Last stop on the “Normandy Impressionist” trip organized by Fabrice Roy from June 7 to 9, Honfleur has been nicknamed the “City of Painters”, a title deserved because of its picturesque charm and its inspiring atmosphere which attracted a large number of of artists.

Claude Monet. Rue de la Bavole à Honfleur. 1864. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Boston
Claude Monet. Rue de la Bavole à Honfleur. 1864. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Boston

Following the famous William Turner, many artists were seduced by the timeless beauty of the small medieval town of Honfleur, nestled by the sea. Among them, illustrious names such as Claude Monet, Louis-Alexandre Dubourg or again Johan Barthold Jongkind.

Johan Berthold Jongkind. L'entrée du port de Honfleur. 1864. Art Institute of Chicago.
Johan Berthold Jongkind. L'entrée du port de Honfleur. 1864. Art Institute of Chicago.

Originally from this city, Eugène Boudin is among the most emblematic figures of this era. Claude Monet's true mentor, their meeting in 1858 marked a decisive turning point in the young painter's career. Boudin, with his contagious talent and enthusiasm, encouraged Monet to explore plein air painting, a practice that would become emblematic of emerging Impressionism. Monet himself later admitted: “I owe everything to Boudin and I am grateful to him for the success.”

Eugène Boudin. Le Port de Honfleur. 1862. Musée Barberini. Potsdam
Eugène Boudin. Le Port de Honfleur. 1862. Musée Barberini. Potsdam

Thanks to the influence and initiative of Eugène Boudin, Honfleur quickly became a true center of artistic creation. Gathering around him numerous painter friends, Boudin created an environment conducive to the blossoming of Impressionism. Even today, walking through the streets of this picturesque port, like a living canvas, is an intoxicating experience. The narrow streets are lined with brightly colored half-timbered houses with slate roofs, carefully preserved since the Impressionist era.


From June 7 to 9, 2024

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