Shores of Normandy (1866) by Gustave Courbet

Shores of Normandy - Gustave Courbet - 1866

Artwork Information

TitleShores of Normandy
ArtistGustave Courbet
Dimensions59 x 73 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationMusée Eugène Boudin, Honfleur, France

About Shores of Normandy

The artwork titled “Shores of Normandy” was created by Gustave Courbet in 1866. As a prominent piece within the Realism movement, it measures 59 by 73 centimeters and is categorized as a landscape genre. This work is currently housed in the Musée Eugène Boudin, located in Honfleur, France.

The artwork presents a serene and expansive view of the Normandy coastline. Its focal point is the immense and dynamic sky, where an assembly of clouds dominate the overhead expanse, some casting shadows while others are touched by light, suggesting the mutable nature of the weather. The horizon is low, with a strip of land delineating the meeting point between the sky and the earth, emphasizing the grandeur of the heavens above. Below, the beach reveals various tones of sandy hues and patches of water, creating a sense of vastness and tranquility. Small figures can be discerned near the shoreline, minute in comparison to the magnificence of their surroundings. The palette used is relatively subdued, consisting of earthy tones and soft shades of blue and grey, enhancing the overall calm and contemplative mood of the scene. Courbet’s skillful brushwork captures both the texture of the clouds and the subtle details of the shoreline, inviting the viewer to ponder the timeless beauty of nature.

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