Eugene Lepoittevin

Etretat – The Artists – Lepoittevin, Eugene

This page forms part of a series of pages dedicated to the many artists who worked in Etretat. A full list of all the artists with a link to their works can be found at the bottom of this page.

Eugene Lepoittevin
Eugene Lepoittevin

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Eugene Lepoittevin (1806-1870) was a French landscape painter, lithographer and caricaturist. He was appointed as Peintre de la Marine for the French Ministry of Defence in 1849. His work is exhibited in many museums in France and at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

He was born as Eugene Modeste Edmond Poidevin on 31 July 1806 in Paris, France. His cousin was not Guy de Maupassant as many writers confused them, Guy de Maupassant cousin’s was Louis Lepoittevin, a landscape painter namesake. Eugene was trained as a painter by Louis Hersent and Xavier Leprince.

He did many landscape paintings of Etretat in Normandy. For example, Empress Eugenie de Montijo, the wife of Emperor Napoleon III, acquired his “Les bains de mer a Entretat“.

Click here to read Lepoittevin’s full bio on Wikipedia.

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1856 - Eugene Lepoittevin - Fishermen hauling a boat
1856 – Eugene Lepoittevin – Fishermen hauling a boat

NOTE: Etretat does not have an harbor but has fishing boats. They are dragged onto the beach when not in use.

1860 - Eugene Lepoittevin - Bathing at Etretat
1860 – Eugene Lepoittevin – Bathing at Etretat
1864 - Eugene Lepoittevin - Bathing at Etretat
1864 – Eugene Lepoittevin – Bathing at Etretat
???? - Eugene Lepoittevin - Etretat and the Fishermen's families
???? – Eugene Lepoittevin – Etretat and the Fishermen’s families

TODAY: The Porte d’Aval sea arch is the most visible of three sea arches at Etretat. It lies to the left of the Etretat beach.

Lepoittevin painted in several other places in Normandy, see the list below (a link “” to his works for each city will appear below when published):

Etretat is the second most popular and visited place in Normandy (the first being Mont Saint-Michel). And since it was popular, many artists came here to be inspired by its nature and scenic environments. Here is a list of artists who worked in Etretat (a link “⇠” to their work will appear when published).

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Today: Fishing fleet dragged on land
Today: Fishing fleet dragged on land
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Today: Porte d'Aval seen from the beach
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