Cheerful and bright, a well-dressed couple pose for the artist Francois Gall at an oceanfront in France. Several others cavort and relax at the beach on the sunny afternoon in the landscape. Atmospheric clouds prevail in the sky and the water is a subtle blue plane out across the ocean’s distance, while waves break up the coast before a rising hill of grass. It is a universal scene in which most people may find elements in common to identify with.
It possesses a combination of styles in which Gall educated himself and made his own, to great acclaim during his lifetime. It has its base in a loose Post-Impressionistic and romantic styling, while it is blended with a Fauvistic element of the primary male subject’s outlined suit. Summery pink is her dress, fitting her youthful yet adult presence and her restrained bonnet in compliment to his straw hat and cane. Their more formal than normal beach attire fits with the curvature of their chairs, a finer grade of furniture beyond those employed by the other beach-goers.
The combination of people at leisure at the ocean with Gall’s artistry contributions makes this a pleasurable painting. Many artists welcomed the return to normalcy in the wake of World War II and Gall quickly achieved his greatest awards and recognition in this era. A nice nationalistic touch to the art work are the French colors atop masts rising above the unseen anchorage beyond the beach, with other masts rising into view. This is most likely a harbor along the Western Brittany shore of France.
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