Marguerite Rousseau was born in 1888 in Belgium. Several works by this Belgian painter have been sold at auction, including: ‘The Tennis Match’ oil on Panel sold at Freeman's “Fine American & Continental Paintings” department in 2002, ‘A Regatta’ oil on Canvasboard of 1913 sold at Christie's New York in 1992, ‘An Elegant Lady Entering A Coach’ oil on board of 1919 sold at Christie's New York in 1989, ‘At the Races’ oil on canvas of 1914 sold at Christie's New York in 1990, ‘A Game of Tennis’ oil on canvas of 1916 sold by Phillips London in 1995, ‘Beach Scene’ oil on canvas of 1919 sold at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in 1992, ‘The Bathers’ oil on board of 1919 sold at Christie's New York in 1989, ‘The Flower Market’ oil on board of 1920 sold at Christie's New York in 1990, ‘A Sunday Outing at the Sea Shore’ oil on Board sold at Doyle New York in 1991, ’Rollerskating’ oil on Panel sold at Christie's New York in 2004 and ‘Afternoon at the Beach’ oil on Canvas sold at Sotheby's in 1992. Rousseau died in 1948.
Rousseau was a noted impressionist from Belgium. She adapted a very French painterly style which is exhibited in her works. In this piece she is depicting a scene at the beach in a very unique and abstracted way. It almost has a surrealist, yet fun attraction which pulls in the viewer to participate in the abstractions. We can find that pieces of the painting may be "missing" and this is why we can feel the urge to "participate" to fill in the missing areas. The color pallet the artist uses is very captivating, as the deep reds of the umbrella stands out as one of the main highlights. The blue hues from the sky sweep down in to the ocean, as the colors of the people pop and tie in to the work effortlessly. This is a truly unique painting, one that can be considered very eye catching and different from the rest of Rousseau's works.