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Eugène Boudin, 'The Beach at Tourgéville-les-Sablons', 1893

Key facts
Full title The Beach at Tourgéville-les-Sablons
Artist Eugène Boudin
Artist dates 1824 - 1898
Date made 1893
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 50.8 × 74.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917, The National Gallery, London. In partnership with Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.
Inventory number NG3235
Location On loan: Long Loan to The Hugh Lane (2019 - 2031), Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland
Collection Main Collection
The Beach at Tourgéville-les-Sablons
Eugène Boudin

Tourgéville-les-Sablons, with its great sweep of beach, lies on the Normandy coast between Deauville and Benerville. Here, the two jetties at the mouth of the river Touques, which form an entrance to the harbour of Trouville-Deauville, can be seen in the middle distance, to the left of the chalk cliffs. Boudin had painted the jetties from another angle in The Entrance to Trouville Harbour, also in the National Gallery’s collection.

Unlike his earlier paintings of Normandy beaches filled with smart crowds, in this airy panoramic view the beach is quite sparsely populated. Small groups of figures stroll along the sand or sit by the grass-covered dunes, and ships and steamers ply their way through waves on the horizon. But it is the vast expanse of sky, filled with scudding clouds, that dominates the composition.

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