As we look ahead to the warmer months and the chance for a leisurely day at the beach, here is a selection of paintings by famous artists showing how they captured the essence of those happy days. Let these paintings spark your imagination and memories as they transport you to your favourite beach location.
‘Girls Running, Walberswick Pier’, 1888-1894 Artist: Philip Wilson Steer, Steer made many visits to Walberswick in Suffolk, where he had friends. He completed a number of paintings of the beach. (Credit: Universal History Archive) ‘Erik, Else, Ove and Birthe Schultz on the Beach’, 1919. Artist: Gabriel Jensen. Gabriel Jensen (1862-1930) was a Danish painter who produced mainly landscape paintings. (Credit: Universal History Archive) ‘The Beach at Sainte-Adresse’, 1867, Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926, France, Oil on canvas. (Credit: Sepia Times) Edgar Degas, French school. ‘Beach Scene’ c.1869-1870. Oil on paper on canvas. London, National Gallery. (Credit: Photo12) Charles Malfroy (1862-1918) French school ‘The Beach at Deauville’ 20th century England, Galerie Graham. (Credit: Photo12) ‘The Beach’ (‘La Plage’), Alfred-Victor Fournier (1872-1924) French school, Impressionist period. (Credit: Photo12) Painting titled ‘Morning Ride along the Beach’ Painted by Anton Mauve (1838-1888). Dated 1876. (Credit: Photo12) Painting titled ‘Children of the Sea’. Painted by Jozef Israels (1824-1911). Dated 20th Century. (Credit: Photo12) ‘Bathers on the beach of Trouville, Calvados’ by Boudin, Eugene Louis (1824-1898), Orsay Museum, France. (Credit: Christophel) Claude Monet (1840-1926), ‘The Beach at Trouville’, 1870. Oil on canvas. Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum. (Credit: Christophel) ‘On the beach of Trouville’ by Boudin, Eugene Louis (1824-1898), Museum of Fine Arts of Reims, France. (Credit: Christophel) Claude Monet (1840-1926), ‘Regatta at Sainte-Adresse’, 1867. Oil on canvas, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Credit: Christophel) Edouard Manet, French, 1832-1883, ‘On the Beach’, circa 1868, oil on canvas. (Credit: Sepia Times) ‘Beach at Cabasson (Baigne-Cul)’, 1891/92, Henri Edmond Cross, (1856–1910), France, Oil on canvas. (Credit: Sepia Times)