The Shore at Bas-Butin, Honfleur (1886) by Georges Seurat

The Shore at Bas-Butin, Honfleur - Georges Seurat - 1886

Artwork Information

TitleThe Shore at Bas-Butin, Honfleur
ArtistGeorges Seurat
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions67 x 78 cm
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationMusée des Beaux-Arts Tournai, Tournai, Belgium
Location Created France

About The Shore at Bas-Butin, Honfleur

“The Shore at Bas-Butin, Honfleur” is an oil on canvas artwork created by Georges Seurat in 1886, which falls under the Neo-Impressionism art movement. The landscape painting measures 67 by 78 centimeters and can be found at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Tournai in Tournai, Belgium. Originating from France, where Seurat painted it, this work exemplifies the artist’s engagement with the coastal environment and his innovative painting techniques.

Regarding the artwork itself, Seurat has masterfully captured a coastal scene using his signature pointillist technique, where small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. The painting features the shimmering sea meeting the land, with boats dotted on the vast expanse of water, conveying a sense of tranquility and the continuously varying qualities of natural light. The viewer’s attention is drawn to the contrast between the sunlit water and the texture of the cliff. The beach is depicted in the foreground, housing what appears to be fence posts or poles, leading the eye towards the serene sea. The sky above the horizon is subtly graded, indicating a hazy atmosphere common along coastal environments. In creating this piece, Seurat meticulously applied a plethora of colored dots, giving the landscape a vibrant, luminous quality that is both precise in its method and poetic in its effect.

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