Gustave Courbet (1819-1877)
Oil on canvas
60 x 82.2 cm
Museum no. CAI.59
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
Courbet spent the late summer of 1869 at Etratat, a village on the Normandy coast popular with painters. This powerful seascape may have been influenced by the panoramic views of the early French photographer Gustave Le Gray. A critic praised its portrayal of 'the grand impassiveness of nature'.