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Beach at Gravelines
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Beach at Gravelines


Georges Seurat (1859-1891)

Oil on panel

Height: 16 cm ( panel ); Width: 24.5 cm ( panel ); Width: 34.3 cm ( frame ); Height: 25.5 cm ( frame ); Depth: 7 cm ( frame );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948

About this work
This view looking out to sea was taken from the beach in the town of Gravelines, on the coast of Northern France. Seurat liked to spend the summers by the sea, away from Paris.

The sketch, painted a year before the artist’s death at the age of 31, is almost abstract in its simplification. A boat at the centre of the composition marks the horizon.

Particles of sand have been found embedded in the paint, suggesting that Seurat painted this panel in the open air. (Permanent collection label)

This work is on display
While we make every effort to ensure this information is correct, displays are subject to last-minute changes.

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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