The Saint Siméon farm

There are numerous places on the Normandy coast, from Honfleur to Langrune where, thanks to the meeting of different artists that particular relationship with nature and landscape was born of which the paintings from 1839 to 1870 are silent witnesses, point of departure for the history of Impressionism. Between Villerville and Honfleur it is possible to meet places of peace, paradise hidden in the heart of a rich, profound, fruitful, but at the same time, wild nature; the sea on the background embraces lawns and orchards. On the Saint Siméon farm owned by Mrs. Toutain, Boudin meets Coubert who starts it which a technique that approaches color and its shades with greater audacity. In the same year, the two joined Baudelaire who shared their passion for the sky and clouds and praised and promoted Boudin’s studies and pastels in his “Salon de 1859”.

Along the sea: the holiday

The tourists arrived from the city to break the Norman silence. They make a spectacle of themselves and their poses, they chat with each other as if they had never done it before, they meet and get a date to dedicate themselves to a pleasure that repels the people of the sea, swimming. As a couple or in the family they are painted in compact groups, at a distance from each other so as not touch, simple bathers, consumers of sun, sea spray and iodized air.

Along the sea: the work

The artists turn their gaze to the laundresses and fishermen, but there are many among them those who convert to small jobs related to emerging tourism: organize boat trips, move the cabins on the beach, fish to feed the tourists who arrive day by day. The coast is transformed and modified: hotels, bathing establishments, and casinos. Vacationers are increasingly morbidly attracted by the celebrities of the aristocracy and they show who live in lavish residences

The hinterland: the Norman land

The vehicular literature of 18th century of Normandy, an idea of prosperity and wealth, a land rich of orchards and apple orchard, monuments, architecture, and amazing medieval urban networks. The elements that make up nature become subject and important in their union between form and colour. This artistic production, sets in images of places and monuments, has contributed to creating the identity of a lively and busy province, an agricultural economic force, a prosperous pantry of the capital, where land and work give way to scrub rather than to the beach. In this way, Normandy becomes the picturesque province par excellence.

Along the Seine

The Seine between Le Havre and Paris passes from one extreme to the other: from the indomitable violence of foamy rapids to the artifices of human and worldly activities. Many of the main themes of Impressionist painting are found along this path: wild nature and the immensity of the elements towards the estuary, ruins and monuments, castles and abbeys, work in the fields, craft enterprises, barges and boats, railways, the paths that lead from Paris to other cities, waterways and trafficking of merchants, the emerging industrial activities and the transformations that these cause to nature, well-ordered orchards surrounded by fences, numb little houses in the folds of the hills, and closer to Paris, elegant villas like English cottages and everywhere, a non-stop show, continually renewed by the most incredible weather events.

The Saint Siméon farm

There are numerous places on the Normandy coast, from Honfleur to Langrune where, thanks to the meeting of different artists that particular relationship with nature and landscape was born of which the paintings from 1839 to 1870 are silent witnesses, point of departure for the history of Impressionism. Between Villerville and Honfleur it is possible to meet places of peace, paradise hidden in the heart of a rich, profound, fruitful, but at the same time, wild nature; the sea on the background embraces lawns and orchards. On the Saint Siméon farm owned by Mrs. Toutain, Boudin meets Coubert who starts it which a technique that approaches color and its shades with greater audacity. In the same year, the two joined Baudelaire who shared their passion for the sky and clouds and praised and promoted Boudin’s studies and pastels in his “Salon de 1859”.

Along the sea: the holiday

The tourists arrived from the city to break the Norman silence. They make a spectacle of themselves and their poses, they chat with each other as if they had never done it before, they meet and get a date to dedicate themselves to a pleasure that repels the people of the sea, swimming. As a couple or in the family they are painted in compact groups, at a distance from each other so as not touch, simple bathers, consumers of sun, sea spray and iodized air.

Along the sea: the work

The artists turn their gaze to the laundresses and fishermen, but there are many among them those who convert to small jobs related to emerging tourism: organize boat trips, move the cabins on the beach, fish to feed the tourists who arrive day by day. The coast is transformed and modified: hotels, bathing establishments, and casinos. Vacationers are increasingly morbidly attracted by the celebrities of the aristocracy and they show who live in lavish residences

The hinterland: the Norman land

The vehicular literature of 18th century of Normandy, an idea of prosperity and wealth, a land rich of orchards and apple orchard, monuments, architecture, and amazing medieval urban networks. The elements that make up nature become subject and important in their union between form and colour. This artistic production, sets in images of places and monuments, has contributed to creating the identity of a lively and busy province, an agricultural economic force, a prosperous pantry of the capital, where land and work give way to scrub rather than to the beach. In this way, Normandy becomes the picturesque province par excellence.

Along the Seine

The Seine between Le Havre and Paris passes from one extreme to the other: from the indomitable violence of foamy rapids to the artifices of human and worldly activities. Many of the main themes of Impressionist painting are found along this path: wild nature and the immensity of the elements towards the estuary, ruins and monuments, castles and abbeys, work in the fields, craft enterprises, barges and boats, railways, the paths that lead from Paris to other cities, waterways and trafficking of merchants, the emerging industrial activities and the transformations that these cause to nature, well-ordered orchards surrounded by fences, numb little houses in the folds of the hills, and closer to Paris, elegant villas like English cottages and everywhere, a non-stop show, continually renewed by the most incredible weather events.

EXHIBITION CREATED BY:

fondazione asti musei

 

fondazione cassa di risparmio

 

regione piemonte

 

città di asti

IN COLLABORATION WITH:

provincia di asti

ORGANIZATION:

arthemisa

 

provincia di asti
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