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Summer in Le Havre

mercredi 24 mai 2017

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  • Le port du Havre
    Le Havre port, Claude Monet, United States, Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Photo (C) The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Norman city has continued to inspire many photographers and painters throughout its history. The Photo Agency opens its doors to the Ocean City with its works from its collections.

The city was founded by Francis I and was initially known for its port and industrial activity, but it has many other assets beyond this commercial effervescence. In 2005, it was awarded UNESCO world heritage status, in tribute to its heritage and its post-war architecture designed by Auguste Perret. Despite its past marked by heavy bombing during the Second World War that led to the destruction of its centre, the city has managed to live again.

The art world has also played a part in the history of Le Havre. Its coastline and its streets have fed the imagination of painters such as Raoul DufyJean Dubuffet and Othon Friesz. The city was the principal subject for several defiantly modern artists, from Braque who moved to the city as a child, to MonetCorot and Pissarro. As seen by grand masters, the city became an important centre for the fauvist and impressionist movements.

To celebrate its 500th anniversary, the city is thinking big and has planned a diverse and original programme. All summer, visitors will be able to enjoy a range of events, performances and monumental installations by contemporary artists.