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ID number:  BIRBI-66.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Daubigny, Charles-François (1817-1878)
Title / Object name:  The beach at Villerville
Object type:  Print
Place made:  France
Culture:  French
Date made:  1850
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  Plate: 125 x 215 mm; paper: 195 x 165; mount: 405 x 555 mm
Provenance:  Purchased with 66.2, 66.4 and 66.5 from Colnaghi's, October 1966, for £33

This peaceful scene presents groups of workers - men fishing in a small boat to the right while women collect shells from rock pools – whose survival was dependent on the sea. In the centre an inquisitive horse waits patiently by a cart that will transport the goods home or to market. One of the leading members of the Barbizon School, which favoured Realism in art, Daubigny here experiments with the etching technique, with details becoming increasingly suggestive and sketchy to the eye as the composition recedes into the distance.

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Daubigny, Charles-François
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