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A Storm off the Normandy Coast

Artist:
Eugène Isabey (French, Paris 1803–1886 Lagny)
Date:
possibly ca. 1850
Medium:
Oil on paper, laid down on canvas
Dimensions:
13 x 20 in. (33 x 50.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of The Eugene Victor Thaw Art Foundation, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.164.5
Not on view
Isabey made plein-air sketches early in his career, but this dramatic scene, composed as if witnessed from the edge of the surf, was probably painted in his studio. Perhaps dating to the 1850s, it evokes the Romantic milieu of Isabey's formative years, when he was influenced by Gericault, Delacroix, and Bonington.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): EI; and stamped: VENTE / [E.] ISABEY
the artist (until d. 1886; his estate sale, Georges Petit, Paris, March 30–31, 1887, no. 137, as "Tempête en mer; soleil couchant," 33 x 51 cm, for Fr 245 to Foinard); [Foinard, Paris, 1887–apparently before his d. 1918]; private collection, England; [Andrew Clayton-Payne Ltd., London]; Eugene Victor Thaw Art Foundation, Sante Fe (by 2006–7)
Pierre Miquel. Eugène Isabey, 1803–1886: La Marine au XIXe siècle. Vol. 2, Maurs-la-Jolie, 1980, pp. 73, 290, 321, no. 68, ill., calls it "Marine, gros temps" and identifies it as no. 137 in the artist's estate sale, where it was bought by Foinard.

John House. "Impressionism and the Open-Air Oil Sketch." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, pp. 93–94, fig. 78 (color), states that it "cannot have been painted outdoors and seems likely to have been intended as a small-scale sketch for a possible larger and more elaborated studio-executed tableau".

Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 130, no. 87, ill. (color), calls it "A Storm off the Normandy Coast".



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