Roussel’s work is extremely versatile. In addition to rendering realistic scenes of coastal fishing life, he began a series of impressionist paintings in 1889 that focused on the qualities of light and atmosphere found among the dunes, valleys and small villages dotting the Hauts-de-France and Normandy regions, those rare places that had not yet been overrun by development. In Dune on the Outskirts of Berck, the artist was clearly enamored with the beauty of the windblown grass and rolling hills of the verdant landscape before him, with the only indication of man’s presence being two lonely houses and the remnants of a wooden fence near the foreground tree.
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Estate of the artist
With Vose Galleries of Boston, inventory no. CR-39, 1989
To collection of Mr. and Mrs. G. Arnold Haynes, Wellesley, Massachusetts, March 1989
Eventually to Haynes Family Foundation, Wellesley, Massachusetts
1). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. CR-39
2). (handwritten on sticker in pen, newer) Dune--de / Berck / 1920
3). (stamp) 5
1). Charles Roussel (1861-1936), Vose Galleries, Boston, March 15 – May, 1989
2). Building Connections: Works from the Haynes Family Foundation, Vose Galleries, Boston, June 2 – July 24, 2018