Works inspired by Brittany

Storm along the Belle-Ile coastline

Théodore GUDIN (1802-1880)

1851

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Théodore Gudin (1802-1879) Tempête sur les côtes de Belle-Ile, 1851 Huile sur toile, 1.32 x 2.02 m Dépôt du FNAC, Paris au Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper © Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

Oil on canvas

2013-0-56

Allocated by the French state in 1896
Transfer of property to the city of Quimper in 2013

H. 132 cm ; L. 203 cm

It is unclear whether Gudin visited Belle-Île when he toured Brittany in 1830.  The date that appears on the work, « 4th December 1831 », suggests that the painter was actually there on that day, but the work was obviously painted in a Paris studio.  The site itself does not exist on the island and the picture is more representative of a memory of a storm than a precise evocation, as the cliffs and rocks are imaginary.  The painter, by noting on the canvas the date of this storm, wanted to attest to the exceptional character of the event that had confronted him. 

Works inspired by Brittany

Storm along the Belle-Ile coastline

Théodore GUDIN (1802-1880)

1851

Enlarge picture jpg 275Ko (See the caption hereafter) (modal window)
Théodore Gudin (1802-1879) Tempête sur les côtes de Belle-Ile, 1851 Huile sur toile, 1.32 x 2.02 m Dépôt du FNAC, Paris au Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper © Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

Oil on canvas

2013-0-56

Allocated by the French state in 1896
Transfer of property to the city of Quimper in 2013

H. 132 cm ; L. 203 cm

It is unclear whether Gudin visited Belle-Île when he toured Brittany in 1830.  The date that appears on the work, « 4th December 1831 », suggests that the painter was actually there on that day, but the work was obviously painted in a Paris studio.  The site itself does not exist on the island and the picture is more representative of a memory of a storm than a precise evocation, as the cliffs and rocks are imaginary.  The painter, by noting on the canvas the date of this storm, wanted to attest to the exceptional character of the event that had confronted him. 

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