The Seashore

Creation date
oil on canvas
25-7/16 x 35-15/16 in.
Credit line
The Holliday Collection
Accession number
Currently On View In
William L. and Jane H. Fortune Gallery - H200

Metzinger's seascape is a prime example of the Neo-Impressionist work of many painters who later turned to Fauvism or Cubism. In these early 20th century works, the small dotted brushwork typical of Seurat's era was replaced by larger, more rectangular strokes, and the search for naturalistic light and color was abandoned in favor of more vibrant hues.

In this view of the Mediterranean shore, arcs of violet sand encircle the bathers and create a lively pattern with the undulating edge of the turquoise sea.

Within five years of completing this painting, Metzinger would become an ardent member of the Cubist circle.

(Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York) by 1961. (Galerie René Drouet, Paris) by 1964; acquired by W.J. Holliday in 1964; bequeathed to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1979 (79.276).
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