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La plage d'Hendaye by Hippolyte Pradelles

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This painting depicts a turbulent storm at Hendaye Beach

Key Features

  • This painting by French artist, Hippolyte Pradelles depicts a turbulent storm at Hendaye Beach
  • The effect is a wind-swept majestic canvas, a passionate and mesmerizing scene
  • Pradelles was a founder the Port-Berteau Group with the painters Corot and Courbet
  • Today Pradelles is renowned as a master of plein air painting
  • Signed and dated 'H. Pradelles.-84' (lower right)
  • Dated 1884
  • Canvas: 26½ high x 39¼ wide Frame: 37 1/2 high x 51 wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    39¼ Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    France
  • Subject:
    Seascape
Hippolyte Pradelles
1824-1913  French

La plage d'Hendaye, tempête du 2 septembre 1883 or
The Beach of Hendaye, Storm of September 2, 1883

Signed and dated 'H. Pradelles.-84' (lower right)
Oil on Canvas

This enchanting work by French artist, Hippolyte Pradelles depicts a tumultuous storm at the Hendaye Beach. In this tremendous seascape thunderous vermillion waves are about to crash on a sandy shore and a steel grey sky is painted with bravura brushstrokes. The effect is a wind-swept majestic canvas, a passionate and mesmerizing scene. Depicting a turbulent sea, this stunning waterscape highlights the monumentality of the shores of the Hendaye Beach. The expansive sky is painted so that a torrent of rain descends like a sheet. The water takes on a more ominous grey-green with frothy waves threatening to overtake the foreground of the canvas and overwhelm the sandy beach completely.

Pradelles was born in Strasbourg on March 22, 1824.  He studied under the Alsatian painter Gabriel Christophe Guerin and also with Gustave Brion. He participated in the Crimean War as a volunteer and became a corporal in the 6th infantry Regiment. After the war he formed the Port-Berteau Group with the painters Jean-Baptiste Corot, Gustave Courbet and Louis-Augustin Auguin. In 1863 he settled in Bordeaux and presents his work with much success at the Salon of the Societe des Amis des Arts de Bordeaux and at the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts and made his "Salon" debut in 1848.He exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1863.

Today Pradelles is renowned as a master of plein air painting, and important collections of 19th-Century artists are not complete without his inclusion. His work evolved at a time in France where images of the landscape were extremely popular at the exhibitions of the Paris "Salon."   During this time landscape painting was regarded by art critics as the strongest and most vital element in French art. Pradelles became famous for his views of the French countryside and was particularly renowned for being instrumental in the Bordeaux School of Landscape Painting.

Dated 1884

Canvas: 26½" high x 39¼" wide
Frame: 37 1/2 " high x 51" wide

Select Artist's Museum Collections:
Les Musees de Bagneres, Bagneres
Musee Courbet, Ornans
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, Strasbourg
Maritime Museum, Rochefort 

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