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Shackleton was an idiosyncratic artist. He had studied in Paris in the 1890s, and developed an individual kind of Symbolism in his paintings of groups of nudes. He was devoted to the art of Turner, and borrowed from some of his paintings the unusual grey and pink colouring of many of his own. This beach scene by twilight was sketched by Shackleton near Boulogne. He worked very slowly, and made numerous studies in oil, pastel and gouache.

September 2004