Beach at Villerville - Technique and Styles
Beach at Villerville
Daubigny discovered the Normandy coast near Villerville, a small town on the English Channel (Calvados), in 1854. He usually went there in summer to paint in the open, at first subjects from the immediate surroundings, and after 1858 also the open sea. His main interest lay in the different light conditions that changed during the day and seasons, in which he followed the great 17th c. Dutch masters of the sky. The theme of this landscape is also the variable light of the Normandy coast, a "random" section of a rocky beach that extends endlessly beyond the frame of the painting.