Gustave Courbet

The Cliffs at Étretat

1866
NEW - Situated near Le Havre on the coast of Normandy, the fishing village of Étretat, with its manificent cliffs, was a favourite retreat for artists, including Delacroix, Boudin, and Monet. Here, in the Realist spirit, Courbet offers a factual record of the picturesque view, paralleling his candid depictions of everyday life. The artist customarily began his seascape paintings out of doors, and then finished them in his studio, where he applied paint with a flexible palette knife to highlight the random textures of the rocky cliff face, the cresting waves, and the surging foam of the shoreline.
Title
The Cliffs at Étretat
Date
1866
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
90.9 x 113.3 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Gift of H.S. Southam, Ottawa, 1947
Accession number
4838

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