Jun 22, 2021
Jun 22, 2021

Two Boats at the Harbor of Dieppe

Two Boats at the Harbor of Dieppe


Eugène Delacroix

(French, 1798–1863)

Watercolor and pencil on paper laid down on board

Image: 22.5 x 34.6 cm (8 7/8 x 13 5/8 in.); Sheet: 22.5 x 34.6 cm (8 7/8 x 13 5/8 in.); Mounted: 24 x 36 cm (9 7/16 x 14 3/16 in.)

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Did you know?

Eugène Delacroix described making this drawing in his journal, writing on September 1, 1854: “Drew from my window, before dinner, some boats.”


In this late drawing, Eugène Delacroix used spare layers of watercolor to record two large boats floating in a harbor, contrasting the bright tones of the French flags flying on both with the subdued hues of the water surrounding them. The artist recorded the scene during one of five stays in Dieppe, a coastal town that became a popular vacation destination after it was connected to Paris by train in 1848. Delacroix was passionate about depicting the sea and its environs and created numerous variations of this subject over the course of about a decade.

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