Is that really Maupassant readying
himself to dive among the ladies?
These, modestly dressed like himself
beneath the white high cliffs of Étretat.
Behind him on the perilous board
a gentleman stands with arms
folded, wearing a woolen hat, about
to inspect the quality of the dive
into this so called “mer d’huile”.
Notchalantly, a modern-looking
girl in her black bathing costume floats
seemingly unaware of the garrulous.
society society on the nearby anchored punt.
So this jeune homme is conceivably
the fellow who will meet
Flaubert and Swinburne and
pen Bel Ami?
[With thanks to Paris Match]
The painter’s details are below:-