About 1870 Martin began to shed the early influence of the Hudson River School on his art in favor of the less detailed and looser manner of the French Barbizon school, an informal network of mid-nineteenth-century artists who practiced plein air painting in the Forest of Fontainebleau, near Barbizon. Martin himself sketched around Barbizon in 1876 and later returned to France for an extended stay in Villerville, where he executed remarkably fresh, freely brushed outdoor paintings such as this one.
- Artist: Homer Dodge Martin, American, 1836-1897
- Medium: Oil on board
- Dates: 1884
- Dimensions: 7 3/16 x 12 11/16 in. (18.3 x 32.2 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Homer / Martin / 1884"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 15.281
- Credit Line: Bequest of Charles A. Schieren
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Homer Dodge Martin (American, 1836-1897). Normandy Coast, 1884. Oil on board, 7 3/16 x 12 11/16 in. (18.3 x 32.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Charles A. Schieren, 15.281
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)