FLANDRIN, Hippolyte
(b. 1809, Lyon, d. 1864, Paris)

Young Man by the Sea

Oil on canvas, 98 x 124 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

This is Flandrin's most popular and recognizable work. Typical of Flandrin, this work uses the nude male figure as a showcase for the stylistic purity of line, modeling, chiaroscuro, and colour. These features are underscored by a mysterious, meditative calm provoked by a moonlit seascape. The youth's body and the environment work together to evoke an aura of poetic lyricism.