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Sunset on the Normandy Coast

Artist:
Eugène Isabey (French, Paris 1803–1886 Lagny)
Date:
possibly 1830s
Medium:
Oil on paper, laid down on canvas
Dimensions:
9 x 11 5/8 in. (22.9 x 29.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.400.76
Not on view
Isabey first visited Normandy in 1820 with baron Isidore Taylor and other organizers of the Voyages pittoresques et romantiques dans l'ancienne France, a publication to which he would contribute some of the most successful landscape views of early lithography. His formative influences in the 1820s—Gericault, Delacroix, and Bonington—are felt not in his topographical work, however, but in freely painted oil sketches such as this one. While these works reveal Isabey’s deep roots in Romanticism, they also seem to anticipate Impressionism, yet the artist played no role in the movement.
Inscription: Signed (lower left): EI [monogram]; stamped (lower right): VENTE / E. ISABEY
the artist (until d. 1886; his estate sale, Georges Petit, Paris, March 30–31, 1887, no. 82, as "Coucher de soleil sur mer," Étude, 22 x 30 cm, for Fr 125 to Foinard); [Foinard, Paris, 1887–apparently before his d. 1918]; private collection, England; [Andrew Clayton-Payne Ltd., London]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (until 2009)
New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," January 23–August 30, 2009, unnum. checklist (as "Sunset on the Normandy Coast").

New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Sky Studies: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," April 15–December 28, 2014, no catalogue.

New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Exploring France: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," January 13–November 15, 2015, no catalogue.

Pierre Miquel. Eugène Isabey, 1803–1886: La Marine au XIXe siècle. Vol. 2, Maurs-la-Jolie, 1980, pp. 72, 94, no. 145, ill., calls it "Coucher de la soleil sur la baie" and identifies it as no. 82 in the artist's estate sale, where it was bought by Foinard.

R[ichard]. S[hone]. "Supplement: Acquisitions (2000–10) of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York." Burlington Magazine 152 (December 2010), p. 839, fig. II (color).

John House. "Impressionism and the Open-Air Oil Sketch." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 94, fig. 79 (color), contrasting it to 2007.164.5, states that it "seems very likely to have been an open-air étude".

Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 131, no. 88, ill. (color), calls it "Sunset on the Normandy Coast".



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