Beach at Etretat, Normandy
Gustave Courbet - circa 1872-1875
1200 x 804 • 262 KB
Chester Dale Collection, 1973. The convincing freshness with which this scene of the Normandy coast is depicted attests to Courbet's close observation and understanding of nature. His brushwork has captured the rough strength of the chalk cliffs and the wetness of the sandy beach. Against an austere framework of horizontals and verticals the gentle, diagonal recession of the boats creates a deep space without disturbing the essential quietness of the scene.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: circa 1872-1875
Artist age:Approximately 56 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 61.3 cm (24.13 in.), Width: 90.2 cm (35.51 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member kohn1fox on 29 November 2013.
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