Sea Coast in Dieppe, Konstantin Korovin – overview of the painting

Sea Coast in Dieppe, Konstantin Korovin – overview of the painting
Sea Coast in Dieppe, Konstantin Korovin - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Konstantin Korovin
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1890

Overview of the painting :

Sea coast in Dieppe – Konstantin Alekseevich Korovin. 1890. Oil on canvas.

   This sketch is a vivid expression of the influence of French impressionism on the work of a Russian artist. It seems that the picture is written in a fit of inspiration, in just a few minutes. This is indicated by wide free strokes, expressive layering of colors, the use of pure but restrained shades.

   The canvas depicts part of the coast of Normandy with characteristic steep banks and vast sandy beaches. The lead northern sky cannot make the landscape too gloomy – this is hindered by light yellowish and purple overflows of clouds and an amazingly juicy, transparent shade of green turquoise into which the sea is painted.

   On the one hand, a fragment of a cliff is captured, exposing the layers of rocks. They are almost single, very light, decorated on top with a dark strip of fertile soil with fringe fresh green vegetation. Only in the distance, where the cliff is washed by the waves of the cold sea, the soil acquires a warm apricot hue, favorably emphasizing the overall cool color scheme of the picture.

   In the distance, the landscape becomes more vague, foggy, which is also characteristic of impressionism. The steep banks drown in lilac haze and smoothly turn into the same shades of the harsh northern sky. Only the strip of the sea with its incredible “summer” hue contrasts with cold colors, without entering into a pronounced dissonance with them. Two sufficiently juicy color spots significantly transform and revitalize the overall landscape impression.

   On a spacious beach you can see individual colored dots. These are people walking along the beach. Although they are not prescribed in detail, nevertheless, their outlines are guessed, you can understand where the men are and where the women are. Even a tiny umbrella is noticeable – an indispensable accessory of ladies from society, characteristic of those times.

   Despite all the apparent negligence of writing, the picture has a completed appearance and perfectly conveys the atmosphere of the sea coast of Normandy.

   This picture emphasizes the undoubted artistic gift and talent of the artist, indicates that the impressionistic manner of writing was not something alien to him brought from the outside. Korovin managed to combine French airiness with Russian passion. The result of such an original symbiosis was magnificent paintings, which became a significant contribution to Russian and world painting.