Claude Monet moved to Giverny in 1883. Although he never encouraged artists to follow, the village soon attracted a circle of Americans eager to implement the Impressionist principles in these Normandy landscapes.
The Museum of Impressionism in Giverny was founded by Daniel J. Terra in 1992. Initially the Museum of American Art, it later became the Museum of "Impressionisms" in Giverny.
This museum is dedicated to studying the history of Impressionism and its aftermath, and its consequences far beyond, in the second half of the twentieth century.
Why then, a museum "of Impressionisms"? The museum is dedicated to the Impressionist movement, but also to exploring the aesthetic power beyond the circle of painters usually recognized as impressionist, both its precursors and later trends which followed after the Second World War and even encompassing contemporary art.