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In the early 1880s Steer studied in Paris, where he encountered the work of the French Impressionists. After his return to England in 1884, he painted a series of luminous and brightly coloured scenes, often based around the beach, a location which can be linked with Monet's paintings of the same period. The loose brushwork and sparkling colours brilliantly capture the transience and exhilaration of childhood and summer vacations. His use of strongly contrasting colours draws on theories being promoted by the most avant-garde painters in France at this time.

August 2004