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Fishing Craft at Étretat, 1939

Tristram Hillier
British, 1905 - 1983
oil on canvas
60.3 x 81.4 cm
Gift of the Massey Collection of English Painting, 1946
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4767)

Situated at the mouth of the Seine, Étretat has long been a favourite subject of painters, attracting such artists as Eugène Delacroix, Camille Corot, and Claude Monet. When Tristam Hillier visited the area, he had been living in the south of France for a number of years after pursuing his studies in Paris. Hillier paints the boats with painstaking precision and clarity, with the landmark cliff in the distant background.

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