Marée Basse à Trouville (Low Tide at Trouville) by Gustave Courbet

In the foreground is a view of the sea from a sandy shore with a few ships in the distance.


Oil on canvas
60 x 73 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £7,000)
Acquired in:
Sir Alfred Chester Beatty

The horizon is low and the sky fills three-quarters of the picture surface. This painting may be dated to the years I865-6 when Courbet painted many paysages de mer at Trouville and became particularly fashionable, both for portraits and for sea studies. It may conceivably be identified with one of the twenty-five seascapes at Trouville mentioned in a letter by Courbet to Castagnary, dated 5 July, I869, as having proved a financial loss to him through the bankruptcy of his dealer Delaroche.


E.l.T.Mesens; Sir Alfred Chester Beatty; On loan to the National Gallery since 1955.

Venue details

Walker Art Gallery William Brown Street, LIVERPOOL Merseyside L3 8EL 0151 478 4199

Entry details

Free to all

Daily, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24, 25, 26 and 31 Dec and 1 Jan