Although Renoir, unlike his impressionist friends Monet and Sisley, was not inclined to paint landscapes, he nevertheless liked to work outdoors, and he once did in the open air many bright sketches with oil.
Sometimes Renoir used these studies as the basis for his future paintings, which he wrote in the studio. The etude, which captures the beach at Cradle Rock, on the island of Guernsey was painted in September 1883, when the artist visited the Channel Islands.
From there, he wrote to his sales agent Durand-Ruel about the joy that stays on these beaches, where at every step there are objects that you want to draw as soon as possible. It is likely that this small bright picture was painted in one session, since human figures were added to the still damp, wet paint of the sea “background”.