Maris conveys a powerful sense of isolation in this image of a lone fisherman on a wind-swept beach. The only other signs of human presence are two empty boats pulled out of the water onto the sand. The top two-thirds of the canvas are given over to scudding clouds.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1837 - 1899
Full title
A Beach
Date made
probably late 1870s or 1880s
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
42.5 x 54.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Presented by Mrs R.M. Dunlop to the Tate Gallery, 1927; transferred, 1956
Inventory number
NG4262
Location in Gallery