Beach Scene

Auguste Renoir French

Not on view

This tiny watercolor was made on the southeast coast of Guernsey, an island in the English Channel. Renoir took great delight in Guernsey, as he remarked in a letter to his dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. There is “no better sight than this mixture of women and men crowded together on these rocks. You would think you were in a landscape by Watteau rather than in real life. I will therefore have a source of real, graceful subjects of which I’ll be able to make use.”

Beach Scene, Auguste Renoir (French, Limoges 1841–1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer), Pen and brown ink with watercolor wash on buff paper, darkened

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