Nov 15, 2012

Cliffs by the Sea at Cézembre, Brittany

Cliffs by the Sea at Cézembre, Brittany

c. 1830

Eugène Isabey

(French, 1803–1886)

Watercolor and gouache with black chalk

Support: Brown wove paper

Sheet: 25.8 x 35 cm (10 3/16 x 13 3/4 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland in honor of the Club's seventy-fifth anniversary 1993.218



Isabey was primarily known for his watercolors and paintings of marine and beach scenes. As a young
artist, he met and befriended Eugene Delacroix and Richard Parkes Bonington and traveled with them to England in 1825 where he was able to study the work of J. M. W. Turner and the English watercolorists. Isabey was one of the first French painters to work en plein air, or directly from nature. He proved to be an important French landscapist whose life spanned almost the entire 19th century. He contributed illustrations to the Voyage pittoresques et romantiques and became a sought-after
watercolorist and painter of historical landscapes.

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