French Impressionist painter Claude Monet was 30 years old when he painted The Beach at Trouville. The occasion was his honeymoon in 1870 at the seaside resort Trouville in Normandy, Northwestern France.
Monet’s new wife Camille Doncieux is seated on the right of the canvas with an umbrella in her hand while a friend is seated to her left reading. The work was certainly painted outdoor at the time of the sitting as there are small pieces of shell and sand visible on the now dry oil paint. Monet painted a number of pictures of Camille during their honeymoon.
Claude Monet’s The Beach at Trouville has been in the National Gallery in London since it was acquired by the gallery in 1924.