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Claude Monet-Waterlilies.jpg
Claude Monet's 1899 The Waterlily Pond, green harmony. Monet's Water Lilies series was created and inspired by diverting a branch of the Epte to a section of his gardens.
Physical characteristics
 - locationNormandy
 - elevation190 m (620 ft)
 - location
 - coordinates
49°3′40″N 1°31′42″E / 49.06111°N 1.52833°E / 49.06111; 1.52833 (Seine-Epte)Coordinates: 49°3′40″N 1°31′42″E / 49.06111°N 1.52833°E / 49.06111; 1.52833 (Seine-Epte)
Length112.5 km (69.9 mi)
Basin size1,403 km2 (542 sq mi)
 - average9.8 m3/s (350 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionSeineEnglish Channel

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.


  1. ^ Sandre. "Fiche cours d'eau (H31-0400)".