Etretat, a painters' fantasy
This summer, geopolitical upheaval: Etretat is annexed by Fécamp, where the Les Pêcheries museum shows one of the first serious exhibitions devoted both to the painter Eugène Le Poittevin (1806-1870) and to the discovery of a fishing village.very little known before the 19th century, and far too much since.The famous cliffs of Etretat, pierced by two majestic arches, its needle, its sunsets and its skies with insane colors, have been the subject of so many paintings that 'they are found all over the world, from Courbet to Matisse, including Monet, everyone has tried it, many have let themselves be taken in.
Eugène Isabey (1803-1886) was the first to represent the picturesque valley from all angles, in any case credited by the journalist Alphonse Karr, whose articles and novels really put Etretat in fashion.preceded by Bonington, or Eugène Delacroix.Victor Hugo took a bite of the cliffs and wrote to his wife that “Piranèse is nothing compared to the realities of Etretat”.
Parisians discover with delight and a few thrills the harsh existence of the “Estretatais” - God these natives are romantic!
Isabey himself, considered the discoverer of the place, only passed there, but brought there Johan Barthold Jongkind, and Eugène Le Poittevin, the latter settled there, at least for the seasons of summer, building a workshop near the beach, then a house well sheltered, but without view, in the hollow of the valley.Because the "discovery" of Etretat is the fact of Parisians.The site, it is occupied, in less since the Roman period, mainly by fishermen who asked nothing of anyone.
Posted Date: 2020-07-29