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IMPRESSIONIST GETAWAY IN THREE STEPS

From Deauville beach, facing the sea, we gaze at a space where the sky and the sea are reflected. On the right: Sainte-Adresse and Le Havre, then Honfleur, the cliffs of Villerville, the mouth of the Touques and Trouville… On the left: Villers, Les Vaches noirs, and Houlgate. This space was the cradle of Impressionism. On the occasion of the Normandy Impressionist Festival, we offer you a course in three stages. Take advantage of your getaway to see further: festivals and exhibitions are on the program for the summer of Deauville.

Eugène Boudin - Deauville beach© Museum of Fine Arts of Caen, Martine Seyve, photographer
@ Naïade Plante

1 - IN THE STEPS BY EUGENE BOUDIN

Born July 12, 1824 in Honfleur, Eugène Boudin, precursor of Impressionism, spent his youth in Le Havre and then stayed from 1864 every summer in Trouville-sur-Mer and Deauville. It transcribes the scenes of seaside life, from the elegant to the effervescence of the markets, from the Augeron landscapes to the ports. Painter of skies, he strives in his canvases to transcribe the fleetingness of light, changing skies, the matter of clouds and the inconstancy of the sea. In Deauville, Eugène Boudin is seduced by the sight that one to Deauville beach, from the jetty. He regularly sits there with his easel and presents the same view of the beach, with the same framing under different lights.
In 1884, he built his house in Deauville, the Villa Les Ajoncs - a small Dutch cage  - now renamed La Breloque, at 8 rue Olliffe - where he spent the last fourteen years of his life, It was in this house that he died on August 8, 1898.
Eugène Boudin produced more than a hundred canvases and gouaches in Deauville. Since 1998, a plaque has been affixed to the facade of the house where he lived. In August 2010, a plaque was also placed on the sea wall of Port Deauville. It reproduces the painting "The beach of Deauville" (1893), which belongs to the Museum of Fine Arts in Caen.

 

 

THE PANTHEON OF AN ERA

Indispensable portraitist of the society of the turn of the XNUMXth and the first half of the XNUMXth century J.É. Blanche rubs shoulders with the greatest figures of her time, both in Paris and in Normandy.
He stayed for the first time on the Côte Fleurie during the summer of 1891 in Trouville-sur-Mer at the Manoir des Frémonts. There he met a young law student, Marcel Proust. Seduced by this resort, Rose and Jacques-Émile Blanche returned from 1896 to 1901 to the castle of Tout-la-Ville between Deauville and Pont-L'Évêque, where they received the literary, political and artistic All Paris. The painter Paul Helleu - whose portrait of his son Jean he painted - or André Gide stayed there among other guests.

 

In 1902, he acquired a large property in Offranville (Seine-Maritime) called the Manoir du Tôt where he lived every summer until his death. If Stravinsky, Cocteau, or Anna de Noailles - whose portraits he produced - write the history of the arts with an "H", they also write the history of Deauville, then in full swing.
The style of Jacques-Émile Blanche, both lively and of great refinement, borrows from sources of inspiration both British and French. Maurice Denis describes the portraits of Blanche as “a precious ensemble for the historians of the future; this gallery is the Pantheon of an era ”.

3 - IN THE BATHS, THE WOMEN IMPRESSIONISTS

Leaving the Viewpoint, go to Place Claude Lelouch. In the Cour des Bains Pompéïens, which you will access through the Sea Baths office, discover portraits of impressionist women.
An exhibition paying homage to Berthe Morisot, Marie Cassat ... in the open air which brings together portraits drawn by Simonne L'Hermitte, making them lively and current.
These original portraits were photographed, worked. They are reproduced in large format, accompanied by some biographical elements and a reproduction of a painting by the artist represented, to restore and measure the female part of the Impressionist adventure.

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