By the Seashore

By the Seashore is a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir completed in 1883 and is now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.[1]

By the Seashore
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ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir Edit this on Wikidata
Mediumoil paint, canvas
Dimensions92.1 cm (36.3 in) × 72.4 cm (28.5 in)
LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art
Accession No.29.100.125 Edit this on Wikidata
IdentifiersThe Met object ID: 437430


Renoir made a trip to Italy in 1881-82 and was deeply influenced by Renaissance art. After this trip he began to explore a new manner of painting, different from impressionism. He started to emphasize contours and modeling, abandoned the principle that scenes should be painted outdoors to capture light and atmosphere.[2]

Late in the summer of 1883, Renoir spent about a month in St. Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey, and admired the rocks, cliffs and stunning view of Moulin Huet Bay in St. Martin. He painted the starts of fifteen pictures during his stay, most of which were finished later in his Paris studio. Guernsey lies 48 km off the coast of mainland Normandy. Both share the same geology and Guernsey fulfills the "by the sea" criterion in the exhibition title.[3]

However, By the Seashore is thought to have been painted in the artist's studio.[1] The beach depicted here is probably not in the Channel Islands but near Dieppe, on the Normandy coast. The model was Aline Charigot, his then girlfriend, whom he married in 1890.[2] The arc of the sitter's dark eyebrows and saucily tilted nose in that pleasant, rosy-cheeked face are common to works by Renoir.

By the Seashore proto-typically reflects this period in Renoir's art. He worked with small compositions in the field that he then pulled together in more elaborate, larger works while in his studio. He was also playing with the disparity of space and scale between figure and background at this time. [3]


The painting is in the collection of the Metropolitan since 1929 from the bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer.[4]


  1. ^ a b Retrieved 2021-10-25. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b "By the seashore - by Pierre-Auguste Renoir". Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  3. ^ a b House, John (1973). "The Impressionists in London". The Burlington Magazine. 115 (840): 194–197. ISSN 0007-6287.
  4. ^ Collins, Amy Fine (1987). "Review of The Havemeyers: Impressionism Comes to America". Woman's Art Journal. 8 (2): 49–52. doi:10.2307/1358168. ISSN 0270-7993.


  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (information table beside the painting)

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