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These 25 Picture Perfect Towns Are Literally Works of Art

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Impression, Sunrise, Claude Monet

WHERE: Le Havre, France

Although Claude Monet’s paintings of water lilies are among the most famous Impressionist artworks, the fabled painter actually founded the whole artistic movement itself with a piece called Impression, Sunrise . The painting, which depicts the port of Le Havre, was conceived in 1872 using loose brushstrokes and a dazzling array of colors that have become synonymous with the Impressionist movement.

Much of Le Havre’s architecture has changed from the time Monet painted Impression, Sunrise (the city was heavily bombed during World War II, and it was rebuilt in concrete), but the early-morning scene can still be seen by visitors who wake up with the sun and take a stroll near the port.

Just a few minutes away from the port is Hôtel Vent d’Ouest. Make sure to visit MuMa (Fine Arts Museum André Malraux), which houses the most important collection of Impressionist paintings in France after Musee d’Orsay in Paris, and stop for a seafood dinner at Le Grignot.

© Giovanni Paolo Panini / Public domain

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