Monet's "Waterlily Pond", painted 1899, was created by diverting a branch of the Epte.
Country France
Main source Normandy
190 m (620 ft)
River mouth Seine
49°3′40″N 1°31′42″E / 49.06111°N 1.52833°E / 49.06111; 1.52833Coordinates: 49°3′40″N 1°31′42″E / 49.06111°N 1.52833°E / 49.06111; 1.52833
Progression SeineEnglish Channel
Basin size 1,403 km2 (542 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 112.5 km (69.9 mi)
  • Average rate:
    9.8 m3/s (350 cu ft/s)

The Epte is a river in Seine-Maritime and Eure, in Normandy, France. It is a right tributary of the Seine, 112.5 km (69.9 mi) long.[1] The river rises in Seine-Maritime in the Pays de Bray, near Forges-les-Eaux. The river empties into the Seine not far from Giverny. One of its tributaries is the Aubette de Magny.

In 911 the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte established the river as the historical boundary of Normandy and Île-de-France.

Claude Monet lived at Giverny near the river for more than forty years. In his garden, by diverting a branch of the Epte, he established a water garden with its famous water-lily pond and its Japanese-style bridge. The river appears in a number of his works, including Peupliers au bord de l'Epte.


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