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IMPRESSIONIST GETAWAY IN THREE STEPS

De la plage de Deauville, face à la mer, on embrasse du regard un espace où le ciel et la mer se reflètent. À droite : Sainte-Adresse et Le Havre, puis Honfleur, les falaises de Villerville, l’embouchure de la Touques et Trouville… À gauche : Villers, Les Vaches noires, et Houlgate. Cet espace fut le berceau de l’impressionnisme. A l'occasion du Festival Normandie Impressionniste, nous vous proposons un parcours en trois étapes. Profitez de votre escapade pour voir plus loin : festivals et expositions sont au programme de l'été deauvillais.

Eugène Boudin - Deauville beach© Museum of Fine Arts of Caen, Martine Seyve, photographer
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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 a réalisé plus d’une centaine de toiles et de gouaches à Deauville. Depuis 1998, une  plaque est apposée sur la façade de la maison où il vécut. En août 2010, une plaque a également été posée sur la digue de Port Deauville. Elle reproduit le tableau « La plage de Deauville » (1893), qui appartient au Musée des Beaux-Arts de 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.
Il séjourne pour la première fois sur la Côte Fleurie durant l’été 1891 à  Trouville-sur-Mer au Manoir des Frémonts. Il y fait la connaissance d’un jeune étudiant en droit, Marcel Proust. Séduits par cette villégiature, Rose et Jacques-Émile Blanche reviennent de 1896 à 1901 au château de Tout-la-Ville entre Deauville et Pont-L’Évêque, où ils reçoivent le Tout Paris littéraire, politique et artistique. Le peintre Paul Helleu – dont il réalise le portrait de son fils Jean - ou André Gide y séjournent entre autres invités.

 

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 - AUX BAINS, LES 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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