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Low Tide at Trouville

Gustave Courbet1865

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

One of a number of seascapes Courbet painted at the fashionable resort of Trouville on the Normandy coast. Courbet, born and brought up in inland France, did not see the sea until he was 22, when he wrote to his parents: “We have at last seen the horizonless sea; how strange it is for a valley dweller. You feel as if you are carried away; you want to take and see the whole world”. He was exhilarated as much by the autumn sky and its subtle, misty light as by the ocean. In response he evolved a new manner of painting in paler colours, producing here with his broad palette knife delicate colour effects in the salmon-pink-flecked sky.

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  • Title: Low Tide at Trouville
  • Creator: Gustave Courbet
  • Date Created: 1865
  • tag / style: Impressionist; Gustave Courbet; Trouville; Normandy; France; sea; seascape; horizon; sky; clouds; weather; coast; beach; sand; tide
  • subject: Trouville, France
  • Physical Dimensions: w726 x h596 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist biographical information: To learn about Courbet, please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/picture-of-month/displaypicture.asp?venue=2&id=150
  • Additional artwork information: This painting was the subject of an ‘Artwork Highlight’ talk at the Walker Art Gallery in 2000. To read the notes from this talk please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/picture-of-month/displaypicture.asp?venue=2&id=150
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: Purchased with the aid of the Art Fund in 1961

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