“The Draw of the Normandy Coast, 1860–1960” opens at Portland Museum


Manneporte near Etretat

The Portland Museum of Art has just opened an exhibition “The Draw of the Normandy Coast, 1860–1960” which runs through Sept. 3. The northern coast of France—and Normandy in particular—proved to be an artistic crucible for French and American painters during the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. Geographically convenient to Paris, accessible by train, with dramatic cliffs and rock formations, and picturesque and active ports, Normandy was an attractive haven. Realists, Impressionists, Neo-Impressionists, Fauves, Cubists, and Surrealists all gravitated to the area, including Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Camille Pissarro, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. This exhibition will chart the coast’s significance and will showcase the ways in which the landscape was rendered by a spectrum of artists. This exhibition will explore the importance of the towns and villages of Honfleur and Le Havre, and such unique destinations as Étretat and will feature more than 40 works of European and American art, mostly paintings and works on paper, from the Portland Museum of Art’s holdings and from the private collection of Isabelle and Scott Black, and holdings from other generous lenders. For more information visit portlandmuseum.org