"Wotcha doin mister?" The small boy at the front of this postcard has probably been hassling the photographer since he first set up his cumbersome camera equipment on a hot summer day in Trouville.
|Trouville, La Plage|
A closer look reveals costumes worn prior to the first world war, a time of 'La Belle Époque', those golden few years before WW1 blew the world apart.
I'm glad this lad had a summer on the beach with nothing but time and curiosity to get him into trouble. I hope he got through the trenches and the campaigns okay, and lived to bring his own children to play on the sand and not think about war.
|Right place, bit of a dull match|
|Camille on the beach at Trouville by Monet. A far more interesting match than my effort.|
Trouville sand in Monet's paint!
The picture below, now in the National Gallery London, is proud to have grains of Trouville beach sand stuck forever in it's oil paint. Proof, if it were needed, that Claude painted 'en plein air' - outside.
|The beach at Trouville, 1870, by Claude Monet. Tiny, covered in sand and in the London National Gallery|