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Description Eugène Isabey began his career assisting his father, the miniaturist J. B. Isabey, with illustrations for a travel book on Italy. In 1825, Isabey made a trip to England, where he was profoundly influenced by the latest trends in watercolor painting. On his return, he specialized in coastal scenes of Normandy, in the north of France. Here, Isabey depicts the luminous atmospheric effects at the meeting of sea, shore, and sky with the consummate skill that earned him a reputation as one of the leading Romantic watercolorists.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; loss compensation; other
  • Eugène Isabey. Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge. 1967.
  • Jongkind and the Pre-Impressionists. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton; The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 1976-1977.
  • From Delacroix to Cézanne: French Watercolor Landscapes of the Nineteenth Century. Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park; Speed Art Museum, Louisville; The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor. 1977-1978.
  • A Supple Brush: The Flowering of Continental Watercolors. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • A Connoisseur's Portfolio: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors in the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
  • Setting Sail: Drawings of the Sea from WAM. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2011.
Provenance Purchased by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, May 17, 1883 [1]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 178.
Inscriptions "E. Isabey 62" in lower left in brown ink; "N 6" in graphite at the center, verso
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1884

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watercolor heightened with white and gum on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
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H: 7 11/16 x W: 13 9/16 in. (19.5 x 34.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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