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Moulin Huet Bay, Guernsey

Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Year: 1883

Location: Morpeth Street. The original is in the collection of The National Gallery, London.

An oil on canvas showing Moulin Huet Bay on the Channel Island of Guernsey. Renoir spent little over a month on Guernsey in the late summer of 1883. He painted about 15 pictures on the island, all showing views of the bay and beach of Moulin Huet, at the east end of the island's rocky south coast. Moulin Huet was singled out as Guernsey's finest scenic attraction in the nineteenth century and was likely to appeal to Impressionist landscape artists, enabling them to capture the way light and weather transformed the scene. It is thought that Renoir sold this painting to his Parisian art dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel. It was acquired by The National Gallery in London in 1954. Renoirs paintings of Guernsey would be featured on a set of commemorative postage stamps in 1983. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Moulin Huet Bay, Guernsey Copyright The National Gallery, London.