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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Moulin Huet Bay, Guernsey

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Full title Moulin Huet Bay, Guernsey
Artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Artist dates 1841 - 1919
Date made about 1883
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 29.2 × 54 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1954
Inventory number NG6204
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Moulin Huet Bay, Guernsey
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

This picture shows the view across Moulin Huet Bay on Guernsey. Renoir visited the island for six weeks in 1883, and this is one of a group of paintings he produced during his stay. He was starting to break away from some of the techniques of the Impressionist approach to landscape painting, which involved producing pictures almost entirely out in the open air. Instead he experimented with a return to the more traditional discipline of making oil sketches on site and a finished painting in the studio.

This is one of those sketches, and the spontaneity with which it was made is palpable. The figures are rendered with only a handful of brushstrokes, and the foam on the waves in the foreground is indicated with quick dabs and simple, wavy lines. It seems to have been made in one session: the figures were added while the paint layers of the sea were still wet.

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