Post Brexit, ‘staycations ‘ are in vogue and families are increasingly spending their holidays at British seaside towns. We are returning to a gentler bucket and spade type holiday started in the Victorian era.
Rene Legrand 1923-1996 French
Two girls playing in rock pools
Oil on Canvas. Signed
49 x 56 cm
Rene Legrand was born in Nantes and grew up in Paris. He attended the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris and the Academie de la Grande Chaumerie. He was a member of the ‘Nouvelle’ Ecole de Paris , young people who were filled with aspirations of freedom and creativity after WWII. He exhibited at the Salon de Mai, Gallerie Sainte-Placide in 1951, the May Fair in New York 1953 and the Gallerie le Miroir, Brussels 1954 amongst others.
Here are two famous artists who painted people at the seaside.
This is one of five beach scenes painted by Monet in 1870. The lady on the left is probably Camille, Monet’s wife.
Potthast was an American Impresionist painter, well known for his paintings on the beaches of New York and New England.
The 20th century artist, Tom Durkin paints in a similar style.
Edwardian Girls on the Promenade
Oil on board signed
39 x 49 cm
The 1871 Bank Holiday Act , together with the spread and speed of rail travel meant that people could have day trips to the seaside. Most working class children went on excursions organized by their Sunday School.. Popular forms of entertainment at the seaside were Punch and Judy, donkey rides, sandcastles and ice-cream.
Not many people could swim in Victorian times so they paddled in the sea. They got changed into their swimwear , which could be hired,in wooden huts called bathing machines. These were then rolled into the sea. Men and women were initially segregated for reasons of modesty.
Lots of seaside towns built pleasure piers with lots of forms of entertainment ,like the theatre, to attract more people Also, as there would be large tidal changes meaning there were large parts of the day that people couldn’t see he sea, the pier allowed holidaymakers to promenade over to the sea at all times.
Roy Hodds 1933-1987
Oil on board Signed
Norfolk impressionistic style painter in 1960’s and 70’s