Children Playing On The Beach At Guernsey

Guernsey is one of the UK’s Channel Islands, sitting there out in the ocean on the way to France.  Here it is seen from the air:

And that’s Renoir’s “Children On The Beach At Guernsey,” which you can see bigger here or here:

(That’s the Barnes Foundation in Philly).  But wait, here also is another picture of that same name?

With less prominent children?  What is Renoir up to?  Forgetting how to draw kids, looks like.  That second one’s in a private collection.

In 1883, Renoir spent the summer in Guernsey, creating fifteen paintings in little over a month. Most of these feature Moulin Huet, a bay in Saint Martin’s, Guernsey. Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands in the English Channel, and it has a varied landscape that includes beaches, cliffs and bays. These paintings were the subject of a set of commemorative postage stamps issued by the Bailiwick of Guernsey in 1983.

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