Skip to content

My Interpretation Monday: The Coast of the Bay of Douarnenez by Lela

by CAM Social Media


My Interpretation Monday , interpretation , social media , in the galleries , European Painting & Sculpture

We’ve asked our social media followers to interpret their favorite artwork at the Cincinnati Art Museum. They sent us their thoughts and feelings about the work of art they chose. Each week, we will feature one interpretation here on our blog. This week one of our Teen Advisory Board members, Lela, shares her thoughts on this impressionist work by Maxime Maufra.

The Coast of the Bay of Douarnenez, France by Maxime Maufra evokes an emotion of peace and serenity. The soft brush strokes captures the atmosphere of the painting. The soft color palette is calming and the eye can easily float over the piece. The contrast between the soft clouds and the sharp edge of the sail give a pleasing contrast.  The horizon line in the distance gives it a sense of distance and seclusion. The profiles of the sailors on the boat are vague. They seem at peace, looking at the water isolated and unaware of the bustle of the outside world. Themes that come into my head when I look at this piece are travel, seclusion and persistence.

The Coast of the Bay of Douarnenez by Maxime Maufra

Do you have an interpretation you’d like to share on CAM’s blog? Send your #MyInterpretationMonday to [email protected] and we will feature your perspective on an upcoming Monday!*

*We may not be able to post all entries we receive due to volume of entries and/or copyright restrictions.

Credit: Maxime Maufra (French, b.1861, d.1918) The Coast of the Bay of Douarnenez, France  1901. Oil on canvas. Gift of Durand-Ruel Sons, New York 1908.38