Normandy is also the 'cradle of Impressionism'. It was in Le Havre that Claude Monet painted 'Impression, Sunrise' in 1872, hence giving a name to a brand new artistic movement. It was also in the heart of Normandy that this major pictorial movement, that was to continue to leave an indelible mark on the history of art, was to blossom and thrive. This instantaneous painting technique was born under Normandy's inimitable skies, along its bright foreshores and across its verdant valleys. The next edition of the Normandy Impressionist Festival will be held in 2020.