Eugène Isabey began his career assisting his father, the miniaturist J. B. Isabey, with illustrations for a travel book on Italy. In 1825, Isabey made a trip to England, where he was profoundly influenced by the latest trends in watercolor painting. On his return, he specialized in coastal scenes of Normandy, in the north of France. Here, Isabey depicts the luminous atmospheric effects at the meeting of sea, shore, and sky with the consummate skill that earned him a reputation as one of the leading Romantic watercolorists.
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Inscription: "E. Isabey 62" in lower left in brown ink; "N 6" in graphite at the center, verso
Medium: watercolor heightened with white and gum on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper.
Credit line: Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1884.
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