John Henry Twachtman (American, 18531902)
Oil on canvas; 18 1/4 x 25 7/8 in. (46.4 x 65.7 cm)
Purchase, The Charles Engelhard Foundation Gift, 1991 (1991.130)
During summer 1884, Twachtmanthen a student at the Académie Julianrented a château with his family at Arques-la-Bataille, near the port of Dieppe in Normandy, and focused on painting commonplace views of the Arques River valley. Here, he portrayed the edge of the Béthune, a tributary of the Arques, bordered by a fringe of reeds and meadow flowers. In his Paris studio the following winter, he reconsidered the naturalistic sketch and created his monumental canvas Arques-la-Bataille (68.52).