Trivium Art HistoryGustave Courbet

Beach in Normandy

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

Beach in Normandy is a Realist, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Gustave Courbet in 1875. It lives at the National Gallery of Art, Washington in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Beach, Cliffs, and Boats. Source

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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