Beach Scene

In 1873, following his imprisonment for his political activities during the Paris Commune, Courbet went into exile at La Tour-de-Peilz beside Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). This picture probably belongs to a group of views of Lac Léman painted in 1874. In technique and composition it recalls Courbet's earlier views of the Channel coast, which were influenced by Eugène Boudin and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

Key facts

Artist dates
1819 - 1877
Full title
Beach Scene
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
38 x 55.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir Robert Hart, Bt, 1971
Inventory number
Location in Gallery