Artist: John Henry Twachtman (American, Cincinnati, Ohio 1853–1902 Gloucester, Massachusetts)
Date: ca. 1884
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 18 1/4 x 25 7/8in. (46.4 x 65.7cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, The Charles Engelhard Foundation Gift, 1991
Accession Number: 1991.130
During summer 1884, Twachtman—then a student at the Académie Julian—rented a château with his family at Arques-la-Bataille, near the port of Dieppe in Normandy, and focused on painting commonplace views of the Arques River valley. Here, he portrayed the edge of the Béthune, a tributary of the Arques, bordered by a fringe of reeds and meadow flowers. In his Paris studio the following winter, he reconsidered the naturalistic sketch and created his monumental canvas Arques-la-Bataille.