Monet in Normandy: The Making of Impressionism In France, the region of Normandy was the scene of bravery and slaughter in World War II -- and the cradle for some of the most beautiful art works ever made. Just East of the D-Day beaches, in big and small towns near the English channel, French artists launched the 19th century revolution that became Impressionism. NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg has a series of artistic vignettes.