This painting is one of five beach scenes produced by Monet in the summer of 1870, which may have been preparatory sketches for a larger painting that Monet intended to submit to the Salon. The figure to the left is probably Monet's wife Camille, and the woman on the right may be the wife of Eugène Boudin, whose own beach scenes influenced the work of Monet.

The painting is unusual in its composition - a close-up of symmetrically disposed figures - and in the bravura of its technique. The white dashes of paint indicating the dress of the left-hand figure are prominent. They contrast with the shadowed face, probably concealed by a veil, and the parasol shading the flowered hat.

Grains of sand are present in the paint, confirming that it must have been at least partly executed outside on the beach.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1840 - 1926
Full title
The Beach at Trouville
Date made
1870
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
38 x 46.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1924
Inventory number
NG3951
Location in Gallery