Sunset on the Normandy Coast

Eugène Isabey French

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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.

Sunset on the Normandy Coast, Eugène Isabey (French, Paris 1803–1886 Lagny), Oil on paper, laid down on canvas

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