Trivium Art HistoryGustave Courbet

Beach in Normandy

Beach in Normandy, 1875 — Gustave Courbet,
61.3 cm90.2 cm

During 1869 Courbet had worked along the beaches in Normandy, painting sketches that he later used to produce a number of finished paintings in the studio: "Did I ever earn my bread and butter," he wrote a friend, "I painted twenty seascapes...." Years later,while in exile in Switzerland, he painted more beach scenes, perhaps returning to the same sketches or recalling the landscape from memory.

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