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The Beach and the Great European Painters

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From the sunny beaches to the windy shores, these famous artworks capture the colors, light, and atmosphere of playful, tranquil days at the coast …

The Beach and the Great European Painters

  1. 1. painted in 1865: a panoramic format that is astonishing in its originality and its modernity, over one and a half meters, a real, almost cinematographic tracking shot along the length of the Etretat beach …
  2. 2. The Beach and the Great European Painters
  3. 3. From the sunny beaches to the windy shores, these famous artworks capture the colors, light, and atmosphere of playful, tranquil days at the coast …
  4. 4. a masterpiece a ambitious composition a snapshot of social life under the Second Empire the delightful atmosphere of a Normandy summer ... a throng of figures enjoying themselves: bathers, fashionable women in crinolines, well-dressed men and peddlers, the bathing huts, the splendid still life of heaped clothes and belongings, the lobster pots, the planks of wood laid on the ground, which allowed bathers and walkers to cross over the sand Eugène Le Poittevin Les Bains de Mer, Plage d’Etretat Bathing in Etretat 1864 Private collection
  5. 5. Purchased by Napoleon III, for his personal collection and considered lost since the fall of the Emperor in 1870. The rediscovered "lost" painting was auctioned at Sotheby's in Paris, 3 December 2020, for €226,800, a record for a work by Le Poittevin.
  6. 6. the skinny, lanky young man among the bathers, anonymous adolescent just after he has emerged from the sea, in a black bathing costume, wearing a cap, stooping and no doubt shivering from the cold waters of the Channel, is Guy de Maupassant …
  7. 7. the young man about to dive has been identified as Guy de Maupassant the beautiful lady in her crinoline dress, is Eugenie Doche, Belgian actress famous for having played the role of Marguerite Gautier in the play La dame aux Camélias Eugène Le Poittevin brought together in Étretat his artist friends and helped to turn this coastal village into a focal point for open-air painting during the third quarter of the 19th century. Eugène Le Poittevin Bains de mer d'Étretat Bathing at Etretat 1866 Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie, Troyes
  8. 8. contemporary vacationers at the beaches of Normandy … Boudin made excursions along the coast to sketch the appearance of the sky and sea in open air Eugène Boudin La plage à Villerville The Beach at Villerville 1864 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  9. 9. the bourgeoisie, their postures and fashions, including the huge crinolines that in high winds occasionally sent women over cliffs … Like the plume of smoke issuing from a steamer, the anonymity of the figures imparts a sense of modern life ... Eugène Boudin Scène de plage à Trouville Beach Scene, Trouville 1863 National Gallery of Art, Washington
  10. 10. elegant gentlemen and ladies who come to the beach in long dresses prefer to converse, stroll or contemplate the sea only children and a little dog have fun ... Eugène Boudin La plage de Trouville The Beach at Trouville 1865 Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  11. 11. Suzanne, Manet's wife with her book, Eugène, the painter's brother is gazing out to sea, lying in the same position as ten years earlier in Lunch on the Grass absorbed in their own worlds ... Édouard Manet Sur la plage On the Beach 1873 Musée d’Orsay, Paris
  12. 12. Camille on the Beach a blustery day in 1870 Normandy ... you can almost sense the wind, crashing waves and salty air Claude Monet Camille sur la plage de Trouville Camille on the Beach at Trouville 1870 Yale University Art Gallery, Yale
  13. 13. Camille and an expanse of beach where elegant vacationers stroll Claude Monet Sur la plage à Trouville On the beach at Trouville 1870 Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
  14. 14. the play of light and shade … a typical summer scene on the Normandy coast grains of sand embedded in the paint reveal that the canvas was painted on the spot Claude Monet Sur la plage à Trouville On the beach at Trouville 1870 National Gallery, London
  15. 15. a beach of Northern France … Degas was a great admirer of Japanese prints, and some historians believe the art form influenced this artwork: a maid combs the hair of a young girl—a narrative that is featured in Japanese prints. Edgar Degas Bains de mer Beach scene 1877 National Gallery, London
  16. 16. among the rocks on the beach ... this picture wasn’t painted en plein air, but back in Renoir’s Paris studio, from studies he had made during his stay on the small island of Guernsey in 1883 Pierre-Auguste Renoir Enfants au bord de la mer à Guernesey Children on the Seashore, Guernsey 1883 Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia and Merion
  17. 17. a day of Tahiti underneath the warm Sun ... two women sitting in the sand Paul Gauguin Femmes de Tahiti, ou Sur la plage Tahitian Women, on The Beach 1891 Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  18. 18. the nuances of colour of the seashore: white, pink, mauve and blue … Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida Time for a Bathe, Valencia L'Heure du bain, Valence 1909 Museo Sorolla, Madrid
  19. 19. strolling along the seashore ... wife and eldest daughter in an elegant pose, attitude and dress the water and the sandy seashore, depicted in long blue, purple and turquoise brushstrokes Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida Walk on the Beach Promenade au bord de la mer 1909 Sorolla Museum, Madrid
  20. 20. a monument to the new freedoms that swept the world after the first world war ... the bright blue shades of the sea and the sky, the flowing hair of the women, their tight, elastic, surprisingly material bodies — all this gives a feeling of the maximum possible life fullness that a person can experience ... this is how you must live, this is how you must feel, there is no place for military horrors Pablo Picasso Deux femmes courant sur la plage Two Women Running on the Beach 1922 Musée Picasso, Paris
  21. 21. olga_oes The Beach and the Great European Painters La plage et les grands peintres européens images and text credit www. Music The Piano Guys Something Just Like This Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 created olga.e. thanks for watching
  • johndemi

    Aug. 28, 2021
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    Aug. 27, 2021

From the sunny beaches to the windy shores, these famous artworks capture the colors, light, and atmosphere of playful, tranquil days at the coast …

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