Arts Everyday Living: Summer is Coming—The Sunlit Beaches of France, Vacationer’s Escape

 

 

 

Albert Marquet, The Promenade at Sables d’Olonne, n.d., oil on panel, Private Collection

 

French artist Albert Marquet (1875-1945), along with his colleague Henri Matisse (1869-1954), liberated color in the early twentieth century, often using it in an expressive way.  By the 1930s, when Marquet created the paintings featured here, he captured the intense sunlit tones of the beaches of western France, peopled with tourists and vacationers.

 

Albert Marquet, The Sandy Beach at d’Olonne, 1938, oil, Private Collection

 

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