History

Creating a collection

Since it was founded in 2009, the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny has sought to present themed or monographic exhibitions linked to Impressionism in the broad sense, plus its offshoots. It hopes to demonstrate its influence on modern and contemporary art. It also cultivates a collection focused on Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and its legacy, which benefits from the generosity of major donors.

The first piece to join the museum’s collection in 2009 was a drawing by Pierre Bonnard: Claude Monet and Marthe Bonnard in the dining room at Giverny (c. 1920). This was a clear sign for the museum, creating an instant link with Claude Monet and his immediate friends and admirers – Les Nabis. Since then, the museum has acquired one hundred and forty-eight pieces, excluding long-term loans: paintings, drawings and photographs, as well as twenty-eight signed letters. This collection could not have been created without the help and support of donors including Claire Denis, Daniel Danzon, Christian Dimond, Henri Foucault, Charlotte Hellman Cachin, Hiramatsu Reiji, Dominique Ledebt, Olivier Mériel, Anne Ostier, Adrien Ostier, Mr. and Mrs. Michel Quentin, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Long-term loans from Philippe Piguet, Bernard Plossu, the Rouen Normandy Regional Contemporary Art Fund, the Claude Monet Foundation collection and the village of Giverny also add to the museum’s collection.

There are currently 212 pieces, plus significant archives.

John Leslie Breck, La Ferme

  • John Leslie Breck (1859-1899)
  • La Ferme, entre 1887 et 1891.
  • Huile sur toile, 41 x 32,4 cm. Giverny, musée des impressionnismes, don Terra Foundation for American Art, Collection Daniel J. Terra, 2016, MDIG 2016.1.2

Claude Monet, Nymphéas avec rameaux de saule

  • Claude Monet (1840-1926)
  • Nymphéas avec rameaux de saule, 1916-1919.
  • Huile sur toile, 160 x 180 cm. Paris, lycée Claude-Monet, don de Michel Monet, dépôt au musée des impressionnismes Giverny, 2021, MDIG D 2021.1.1

Blanche Hoschedé-Monet, Lupins et pavots

  • Blanche Hoschedé-Monet (1865-1947)
  • Lupins et pavots, s.d..
  • Huile sur toile, 100 x 60 cm. Collection du village de Giverny en dépôt au musée des impressionnismes Giverny, 2009, MDIG D 2009.1.1

Paul Paulin, Buste de Claude Monet

  • Paul Paulin (1852-1937)
  • Buste de Claude Monet, 1910.
  • Plâtre, 40 x 58 x 34 cm. Collection Philippe Piguet en dépôt au musée des impressionnismes Giverny, 2012, MDIG D 2012.1.3

Maximilien Luce, L'Île à bois, Kermouster, Lézardrieux

  • Maximilien Luce (1858-1941)
  • L’Île à bois, Kermouster, Lézardrieux, 1914.
  • Huile sur toile, 97 x 130,5 cm. Giverny, musée des impressionnismes, don de Dominique Ledebt, 2011, MDIG 2011.1.2

Nihonga

Nihonga, an exceptional collection in Giverny

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In 2013, as part of the exhibition “Hiramatsu, the Water Lily Pond. Tribute to Monet”, a collection of pieces by Hiramatsu Reiji, a contemporary Japanese painter using the traditional technique of nihonga, entered the museum: twenty-two paintings and three screens in 2013, followed by two screens in 2014 and then a set of five diptychs. From 2012 to 2014, the artist made donations: a stamp, his nihonga painting materials, and a collection of 25 drawings and two sketchbooks.Nihonga, an exceptional collection in Giverny

Hiramatsu Reiji, Giverny, l’étang de Monet, couleurs de printemps
  • Hiramatsu Reiji (né en 1941)
  • Giverny, l’étang de Monet, couleurs de printemps, 2015.
  • Nihonga, 179,9 x 170 cm (diptyque). Giverny, musée des impressionnismes, achat, 2018, MDIG 2018.1.1

Photography collection

A major photography collection

Sixty photographs by Bernard Plossu on the garden and home of Claude Monet were purchased in 2012, adding to a collection already featuring precious prints by Olivier Mériel and a photo by André Ostier depicting the painter Marc Chagall near the water lily pond in 1963. In 2015, whilst preparing for the exhibition “Photographing Monet’s gardens. Five contemporary views”, this collection of photographs was supplemented with a set of three photograms, Vibrations – Giverny (4-5 November 2014), donated by the sculptor, photographer and video maker Henri Foucault, taking part in the exhibition.

Olivier Mériel, Allée des capucines, Giverny

  • Olivier Mériel (né en 1955)
  • Allée des capucines, Giverny, octobre 2009.
  • Tirage argentique, 29 x 36,5 cm. Giverny, musée des impressionnismes, don d’Olivier Mériel, 2010, MDIG 2010.1.2

Bernard Plossu, Cabinet de toilette de Claude Monet, Giverny

  • Bernard Plossu (né en 1945)
  • Cabinet de toilette de Claude Monet, Giverny, Hiver 2010.
  • Giverny, musée des impressionnismes, achat à l’artiste, 2012, MDIG 2012.3.17

Récentes acquisitions

The story continues

Using its own funds, the museum has also purchased a selection of pieces closely linked to its mission, such as the painting by Maurice Denis Sunlight on the River (c. 1932), or thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, an important piece by Gustave Caillebotte, Bed of Daisies (c. 1893), which underwent an ambitious restoration in 2020-2021.
In 2019, the collection continued to grow: two canvases by Jean Francis Auburtin were generously offered by the painter’s descendants; and two pieces by Paul Signac were offered by the artist’s descendant, joining a painting by Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange. Finally, a new crowdfunding campaign, supported by the museum’s Patrons’ Club, Caisse d’Épargne Normandie and the Friends of the Museum, allowed a major piece by Pierre Bonnard, The Seine at Vernon (1915), to be purchased and returned to the very place where it was created. Very recently, a painting by Édouard Dantan, Boat at Villerville, Low Tide (1881) and another by Eugène Boudin, Deauville. The Basin (1884) joined the collection, reinforcing the link between Impressionist Normandy and the museum. 

From the Impressionism of Caillebotte to the Post-Impressionism of Bonnard, from the painting by Joan Mitchell to the delicate poetry of Hiramatsu Reiji, through its collection and exhibitions, the museum hopes to demonstrate the influence of Impressionism on art, even on the most modern pieces.

Maurice Denis, Soleil blanc sur les blés

  • Maurice Denis (1870-1943)
  • Soleil blanc sur les blés, vers 1914.
  • Huile sur toile, 29 x 34 cm. Giverny, musée des impressionnismes, don de Claire Denis, 2012, MDIG 2012.6.1

Gustave Caillebotte, Parterre de Marguerites

  • Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894)
  • Parterre de Marguerites (détail), vers 1893.
  • Huile sur toile, 205 x 116 cm (chaque panneau). Giverny, musée des impressionnismes, acquis grâce à la générosité de la Caisse des Dépôts, de la Caisse d’Épargne Normandie, de SNCF Réseau, de la Société des amis du musée des impressionnismes Giverny et d’une souscription publique, 2016, MDIG 2016.2.0

Paul Signac, Barfleur (carton préparatoire pour le tableau éponyme FC 596)

  • Paul Signac (1863-1935)
  • Barfleur (carton préparatoire pour le tableau éponyme FC 596), 1931.
  • Lavis d’encre de Chine sur papier, 73 x 92 cm. Giverny, musée des impressionnismes, don de Charlotte Hellman Cachin en mémoire de sa mère Françoise Cachin, 2017, MDIG 2017.1.1

Pierre Bonnard, La Seine à Vernon

  • Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)
  • La Seine à Vernon, 1915.
  • Huile sur toile, 80 x 68 cm. Giverny, musée des impressionnismes, acquis grâce à une souscription publique et l’aide du Cercle des Mécènes du musée des impressionnismes Giverny, de la Société des amis du musée et de nombreux donateurs individuels, 2019, MDIG 2019.3.1

Eugène Boudin, Deauville, le bassin

  • Eugène Boudin (1824-1898)
  • Deauville, le bassin, 1884.
  • Huile sur panneau, 46,5 x 38 cm. Giverny, musée des impressionnismes, acquis grâce à la générosité du Cercle des Mécènes du musée des impressionnismes Giverny, de la Caisse d’Épargne Normandie, et de Quadra Consultants, 2020, MDIG 2020.1.1

Édouard Dantan, Plate à Villerville, marée basse

  • Édouard Dantan (1848-1897)
  • Plate à Villerville, marée basse, 1881.
  • Huile sur panneau, 39 x 19,5 cm. Giverny, musée des impressionnismes, achat, 2019, MDIG 2019.5.1