For moments of serene inspiration why not visiting the Christian Dior Museum of Granville? Its latest exhibition - Impressions Dior - celebrates the influence of the impressionism art movement on Maison Dior's aesthetics. Impressionist painters went outdoors to express their direct intuitive vision, it was all about light, colour and movement.
This new found artistic freedom has inspired Christian Dior to depict the woman as a flower with his legendary "New Look" in 1947, aimed to bring back the Belle Époque. Christian Dior's autobiography describes the interior of the villa Les Rhumbs and devotes long passages to the cliff top garden he designed with his mother Madeleine.
He was as captivated by an open-air lifestyle as impressionists themselves. It's important to remember the impressionism art movement captures the transient effects of light in brilliant compositions, depicting landscapes and scenes of modern life painted outdoors. Le déjeuner des canotiers by Renoir is a particularly vivid representation of the bright sunlight and the energy of social gatherings.
Impressions Dior establishes an interesting dialogue between more than 70 dresses with a selection of masterpieces from impressionist painters, ranging from Monet to Degas, Renoir to Berthe Morisot. Throughout this exhibition it's possible to assert the permanent links that have been weaving the Maison Dior to impressionism. Is there a better way to brighten up your spring?