A vivid color palette and bold brushwork distinguish this extraordinary landscape by Henry Moret. His breathtaking canvases dutifully capture the bright skies, lush greenery, tranquil waterways and diverse coastline of northern France. It is through his mastery of the plein-air technique, technical expertise and reverence for nature that have made his works so desirable among Impressionist enthusiasts.
As a young man in military service in 1875, Moret discovered the beauty of France’s northern coasts, particularly those of Normandy and Brittany. After his tour ended, He embarked on his artistic career, completing his formal education at the Ecole National des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Paul Laurens and Jean-Leon Gérôme. In 1881, he returned to the north and became greatly influenced by the artist of Pont-Aven, particularly Gauguin. Moret had already begun exploring more abstract theories within his works, but it was his time with Gauguin that opened his eyes to the concept of Symbolism.
After Gauguin left Pont-Aven in 1891, Moret returned to his Impressionist roots and found balance between the two methodologies. In Normandy Coast, there is a clear Impressionist handling of the brush with more subjective hues. The contrast gives the work a depth and vivacity unique to Moret’s paintings. From the shadows of the jagged cliffs to the stillness of the sea, the artist creates a delicate balance within his subject that portrays both the beauty and power of nature.