History of Modern France

The Third French Republic 1870-1940. Part 2

10 & 11 March 2021

Escaping Paris: The Seaside Holiday in Impressionist Art, 1860-1900

 with Chris Boïcos

Claude Monet, The Boardwalk in Trouville, 1870, Private Collection

In our lecture we will follow how the new artists of the era - Boudin, Courbet, Monet, Manet, Degas, Seurat, Signac, among others – responded to the discovery of the seaside in their own travels and depictions of the modern resorts, places like Deauville, Trouville, Ste Adresse or Dieppe on the English Channel coast, Belle Isle, Concarneau and Biarritz on the Atlantic, or Antibes, Nice and St Tropez on the Riviera. The result was the birth of an entirely new artistic genre – the tourist marine – which survived well into the 20th century in the work of great artists like Matisse, Duffy, Picasso and more.

Edgar Degas, Beach Scene, c.1869-70, London, National Gallery