French Impressionist artist Claude Monet created “The Beach at Trouville” in 1870 during his honeymoon in the popular Normandy destination. This beach scene was part of a series featuring his first wife Camille, and it was painted en plein air. The painting portrays Trouville as a bustling holiday spot with wide sandy beaches and breathtaking vistas.
Monet used a palette of artificial ultramarine, cobalt blue, viridian, red, and subdued hues to create this masterpiece. Analyzing the pigments reveals the specific colors he chose to capture the vibrant beach scenery.
At 30 years old during its creation, Monet demonstrated his exceptional command of color and light that would become one of defining qualities in Impressionism art. “The Beach at Trouville” captures the essence of the ocean view with impressive details despite being an impressionistic work.