Boulogne Sands (Children Shrimping)
On loan from Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums, © Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums

In the late 1880s and early 1890s Steer made a number of trips to Boulogne on the northern coast of France, where he made studies of the children playing on the sands. In this view the foreground group is digging for shrimps in the pool. The two outer girls are dressed identically in white, pink and blue. Their skirts billow out in the breeze, the decorative effect heightened by their positions flanking the central figure in brown dress and bright yellow straw hat. 

Widely-spaced dots of colour enliven the paint surface, particularly in the foreground and in the sky, where touches of blue and purple echo the pointillist technique of Georges Seurat.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1860 - 1942
Full title
Boulogne Sands (Children Shrimping)
Date made
1891
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
47.6 × 57.1 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums
Inventory number
L1191
Location in Gallery