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The Great Painters and the Beach

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The best beaches in paintings

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The Great Painters and the Beach

  1. 1. The Great Painters and the Beach
  2. 2. The best beaches in art, some of which you can actually visit, others which must be journeyed to via the mind’s eye....
  3. 3. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Walk on the beach 1909 Oil on canvas, 205 × 200 cm Museo Sorolla, Madrid
  4. 4. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Walk on the beach (detail) 1909 Oil on canvas, 205 × 200 cm Museo Sorolla, Madrid
  5. 5. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Walk on the beach (detail) 1909 Oil on canvas, 205 × 200 cm Museo Sorolla, Madrid
  6. 6. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Walk on the beach (detail) 1909 Oil on canvas, 205 × 200 cm Museo Sorolla, Madrid
  7. 7. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Walk on the beach (detail) 1909 Oil on canvas, 205 × 200 cm Museo Sorolla, Madrid
  8. 8. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Walk on the beach (detail) 1909 Oil on canvas, 205 × 200 cm Museo Sorolla, Madrid
  9. 9. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Walk on the beach (detail) 1909 Oil on canvas, 205 × 200 cm Museo Sorolla, Madrid
  10. 10. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Walk on the beach (detail) 1909 Oil on canvas, 205 × 200 cm Museo Sorolla, Madrid
  11. 11. MONET, Claude The Beach at Trouville 1870 Oil on canvas, 38 x 47 cm National Gallery, London
  12. 12. MONET, Claude The Beach at Trouville (detail) 1870 Oil on canvas, 38 x 47 cm National Gallery, London
  13. 13. MONET, Claude The Beach at Trouville (detail) 1870 Oil on canvas, 38 x 47 cm National Gallery, London
  14. 14. MONET, Claude The Beach at Trouville (detail) 1870 Oil on canvas, 38 x 47 cm National Gallery, London
  15. 15. MONET, Claude The Beach at Trouville (detail) 1870 Oil on canvas, 38 x 47 cm National Gallery, London
  16. 16. MONET, Claude The Beach at Trouville (detail) 1870 Oil on canvas, 38 x 47 cm National Gallery, London
  17. 17. MONET, Claude Camille on the Beach at Trouville 1870 Oil on canvas, 38.1 x 46.4 cm Yale University Art Gallery
  18. 18. MONET, Claude Camille on the Beach at Trouville (detail) 1870 Oil on canvas, 38.1 x 46.4 cm Yale University Art Gallery
  19. 19. MONET, Claude Camille on the Beach at Trouville (detail) 1870 Oil on canvas, 38.1 x 46.4 cm Yale University Art Gallery
  20. 20. MANET, Edouard On the Beach 1873 Oil on canvas, 60 x 74 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  21. 21. MANET, Edouard On the Beach (detail) 1873 Oil on canvas, 60 x 74 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  22. 22. MANET, Edouard On the Beach (detail) 1873 Oil on canvas, 60 x 74 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  23. 23. MANET, Edouard On the Beach (detail) 1873 Oil on canvas, 60 x 74 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  24. 24. MANET, Edouard On the Beach (detail) 1873 Oil on canvas, 60 x 74 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  25. 25. MANET, Edouard On the Beach (detail) 1873 Oil on canvas, 60 x 74 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  26. 26. MANET, Edouard On the Beach (detail) 1873 Oil on canvas, 60 x 74 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  27. 27. BOUDIN, Eugène On the Beach, Trouville 1887 Oil on wood , 18.4 x 32.7 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington
  28. 28. BOUDIN, Eugène On the Beach, Trouville (detail) 1887 Oil on wood , 18.4 x 32.7 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington
  29. 29. BOUDIN, Eugène On the Beach, Trouville (detail) 1887 Oil on wood , 18.4 x 32.7 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington
  30. 30. BOUDIN, Eugène On the Beach, Trouville (detail) 1887 Oil on wood , 18.4 x 32.7 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington
  31. 31. DEGAS, Edgar At the Beach 1876 Thinned oil on paper on canvas, 46 x 81 cm National Gallery, London
  32. 32. DEGAS, Edgar At the Beach (detail) 1876 Thinned oil on paper on canvas, 46 x 81 cm National Gallery, London
  33. 33. DEGAS, Edgar At the Beach (detail) 1876 Thinned oil on paper on canvas, 46 x 81 cm National Gallery, London
  34. 34. DEGAS, Edgar At the Beach (detail) 1876 Thinned oil on paper on canvas, 46 x 81 cm National Gallery, London
  35. 35. DEGAS, Edgar At the Beach (detail) 1876 Thinned oil on paper on canvas, 46 x 81 cm National Gallery, London
  36. 36. DEGAS, Edgar At the Beach (detail) 1876 Thinned oil on paper on canvas, 46 x 81 cm National Gallery, London
  37. 37. DEGAS, Edgar At the Beach (detail) 1876 Thinned oil on paper on canvas, 46 x 81 cm National Gallery, London
  38. 38. GAUGUIN, Paul Tahitian Women on the Beach 1891 Oil on canvas, 69 x 91 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  39. 39. GAUGUIN, Paul Tahitian Women on the Beach (detail) 1891 Oil on canvas, 69 x 91 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  40. 40. GAUGUIN, Paul Tahitian Women on the Beach (detail) 1891 Oil on canvas, 69 x 91 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  41. 41. GAUGUIN, Paul Tahitian Women on the Beach (detail) 1891 Oil on canvas, 69 x 91 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  42. 42. GAUGUIN, Paul Tahitian Women on the Beach (detail) 1891 Oil on canvas, 69 x 91 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  43. 43. GAUGUIN, Paul Tahitian Women on the Beach (detail) 1891 Oil on canvas, 69 x 91 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  44. 44. GAUGUIN, Paul Tahitian Women on the Beach (detail) 1891 Oil on canvas, 69 x 91 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  45. 45. PICASSO, Pablo Two women running on the beach. (The race) 1922 Gouache on plywood, 32x41cm Musée National Picasso, Paris
  46. 46. PICASSO, Pablo Two women running on the beach. (The race)(detail) 1922 Gouache on plywood, 32x41cm Musée National Picasso, Paris
  47. 47. PICASSO, Pablo Two women running on the beach. (The race)(detail) 1922 Gouache on plywood, 32x41cm Musée National Picasso, Paris
  48. 48. PICASSO, Pablo Two women running on the beach. (The race)(detail) 1922 Gouache on plywood, 32x41cm Musée National Picasso, Paris
  49. 49. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Lighthouse walk at Biarritz (Paseo del faro) 1906 Oil on canvas, 66.3 x 188.5 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  50. 50. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Lighthouse walk at Biarritz (Paseo del faro) (detail) 1906 Oil on canvas, 66.3 x 188.5 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  51. 51. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Lighthouse walk at Biarritz (Paseo del faro) (detail) 1906 Oil on canvas, 66.3 x 188.5 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  52. 52. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Lighthouse walk at Biarritz (Paseo del faro) (detail) 1906 Oil on canvas, 66.3 x 188.5 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  53. 53. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Lighthouse walk at Biarritz (Paseo del faro) (detail) 1906 Oil on canvas, 66.3 x 188.5 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  54. 54. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Lighthouse walk at Biarritz (Paseo del faro) (detail) 1906 Oil on canvas, 66.3 x 188.5 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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  56. 56. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Lighthouse walk at Biarritz (Paseo del faro) In 1906, Sorolla and his family visited the northern Spanish Biarritz. In group portrait Paseo de Faro it shows several women during a walk along the cliffs above the beach. The painter shows here the beach and washed around by underwater rock formation as a background motive. In front of the frieze-like image that women are loosely arranged side by side. Again, the white clothes dominates the scene, only the young girl in the center is granted as an outcry a flashy red jacket. Large hats and umbrellas are important props also in this walk.
  57. 57. SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, Joaquín Walk on the beach Painted during the summer of 1909 at the beach in Valencia, after Sorolla’s triumphant success in the United States, Strolling along the Seashore is undoubtedly one of the artist’s most important works. The water and the sandy seashore, depicted here in long blue, purple and turquoise brushstrokes, become an abstract backdrop for the refined figures of the artist’s wife and daughter Maria. The suggestion of the breeze in their floating draperies intensifies the fleeting moment captured here by the artist, along with the use of a clearly photographic frame which cuts through Clotilde’s wide-brimmed straw hat and leaves an empty swathe of sand in the lower foreground. Although this is the same setting as in other Valencia seashore scenes, the tone here is very different. What we see here is a perfect example of the iconographic genre of the ‘elegant promenade’ with well-dressed bourgeois figures strolling along the seashore.
  58. 58. MONET, Claude The Beach at Trouville Wind and sand get in eyes when you look at this astonishingly immediate painterly snapshot of a moment at the seaside. This is a masterpiece of impressionism, and when it was painted its fast, natural, flowing perceptions were utterly removed from what people expected a painting to look like. The figure to the left is probably Monet's wife Camille, and the woman on the right may be the wife of Eugène Boudin.
  59. 59. MONET, Claude Camille on the Beach at Trouville What list of beaches in art would be complete without a nod to the impressionists? You can still visit this Normandy beach but a close look at Monet’s canvas will offer you a glimpse of its sands anyway, as grains were swept onto the artwork by the wind during its composition. This painting is one of five beach scenes produced by Monet in the summer of 1870. It’s a poignant reminder of the impressionist’s ability to successfully capture a single moment: looking at it you can almost smell the salt air, feel the flecks of ocean in the sea breeze, and hear that wave as it is about to crash onto the shore. The depicted figure, face somewhat obscured by a veil, is Monet’s wife, Camille, who despite her relaxed posture lends an air of tension to an otherwise carefree scene.
  60. 60. MANET, Edouard On the Beach Manet painted this canvas in the summer of 1873, during three weeks spent with his family in the little coastal town of Berck- sur-Mer. He had his wife and his brother pose for him on the beach as is shown by the grains of sand mixed with the paint. Suzanne, well protected against the sun and the wind by a muslin veil and a voluminous summer dress, is absorbed in 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. The variations in the colour of the sea from dark ultramarine blue to emerald green are rendered by a gradation of strips of horizontal colour building up to a powerful crescendo. The result is a lack of depth and a flattened effect.
  61. 61. BOUDIN, Eugène On the Beach, Trouville The skill at seizing the ephemeral and noting essentials characterize the views of Trouville painted by Boudin. Trouville was a fashionable resort under the Second Empire. Boudin, the son of a Honfleur sailor, spent most of his life in seaside towns and concentrated on painting landscapes by the sea, everyday coastal scenes. The pictures he painted over the years in his loose, sketchy way did not, strictly speaking, possess any central subjects. Even his market or beach scenes present an extensive panorama of colour and economically deployed line accentuation. The atmosphere is bright, moist and highly sensitively registered.
  62. 62. DEGAS, Edgar At the Beach In contrast to his impressionist contemporaries, Degas chose to forego the uncomfortable setting of the outdoors favored by the ‘plein-air’ painters, choosing instead to paint this beach in his studio, which is perhaps what lends this scene its somewhat unreal aura. Instead of conveying spontaneity and immediacy, this painting looks staged, and is clearly the product of prolonged reflection.
  63. 63. GAUGUIN, Paul Tahitian Women on the Beach Paul Gaugin embark in 1891 for his decisive journey to Polynesian waters, sailing towards a new life, hoped to be primitive and paradisiac. Anchoring in Tahiti, paul Gaugin wishes “to live there in ecstasy, calm and art”. This composition is typical of his paintings during the early part of his first stay in the Pacific, paintings often depicting Tahitian women busy with simple daily tasks. The faces are rendered as a mask or a profile, rather indeterminate, but full of melancholy. The painting is lightly animated both by the discreet, almost monochrome, still life in the foreground, and by the rollers breaking on the lagoon in the background, suggested by a few white highlights.
  64. 64. PICASSO, Pablo Two women running on the beach. (The race) No artist has ever felt and guided the pulse of his times as precisely as Picasso. In an art that often seems intensely private and in styles that appear to follow no rule but originality, he also manages to sum up social changes as they happen. This grand and generously classical image perfectly portrays the new freedom claimed by women after the first world war – a new age of gender relations that Picasso clearly welcomes – in a moment of fun and ecstasy by the sea.

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