1847  to  1926


The beach at Sainte Andress in France


Oil on canvas


46 x 38cm


Maurice Courant, 1903


Private Collection France

Maurice Courant was a pupil of Ernest Meissonnier and is best known as a painter landscapes and seascapes.  This painting depicts the sun setting off the beach at Sainte Adresse in France with walkers in the foreground and sailing boats in the distance.  Monet painted the view from the same beach a few years earlier capturing the scene in a picture which now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Courant quickly moved away from the influence and the academic style of his teacher and started to paint seascapes around Le Havre and the Breton coast.   He travelled to England in 1908 and painted in Belgium and Holland between 1911 and 1913.  Courant's painted in an impressionistic style often in harmonised tones of blues, greys and browns.  He first showed at the Salon de Paris in 1868 and received a second place medal in 1887.  He exhibited regularly and received a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1889 and a bronze medal in 1900 in Paris. Today Courant's work can be found in Musees des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Mulhouse and Honfleur.