Image courtesy Clark Art Institute. | Licence: Public Domain
Image courtesy Clark Art Institute. | Licence: Public Domain

Coast with Beached Boats and Figures

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This view, probably made at Dunkirk on the coast of Normandy, shares the low horizon of Le Crotoy. The image centers on beached boats left behind by the receding tide, as fishermen drag in their nets and other figures mingle on the shore. Yet the sky, vying for importance as a subject, receives considerable space and attention. Its colors vary from rose to cream to blue, suggesting uncertain weather. Bonington’s care with the rest of the composition is likewise evident: two figures incline toward a pair of boats whose masts reciprocally lean toward them. Distant boats fade into the horizon, balanced by a twisting plume of smoke at right.

Descriptive medium

Watercolor over graphite, with scraping, on cream wove paper

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Image Credit

Image courtesy Clark Art Institute.

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Dunkirk, France