Skip to main content

Dumont's Baths at Sainte-Adresse

c. 1856
Gustave Le Gray, French, 1820 - 1884

In the 1800s, France’s rapid expansion of the rail system made beaches more accessible—seaside resort towns on the Normandy coast were now a short train ride from Paris. In this photograph, the infrastructure of the seaside resort is on display, with cabanas that offer a place to get changed and signs pointing beachgoers to the water. Gustave Le Gray was not the only artist to find inspiration at Sainte-Adresse; Claude Monet and several of his Impressionist colleagues also depicted this beach in their paintings.

...

Object Details

We are always open to learning more about our collections and updating the website. Does this record contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Contact us here.

Please note that this particular artwork might not be on view when you visit. Don’t worry—we have plenty of exhibitions for you to explore.