Claire Eason, 55, spent four hours painstakingly carving the image into the sand (Picture: SWNS)
An artist swapped her paint brush for a garden rake to recreate a giant version of a famous 123-year-old masterpiece on a deserted beach.
Claire Eason, 55, spent four hours painstakingly carving the image into the sand on Beadnell Bay in Northumberland – only for the tide to wash it away.
She created the 50ft-high drawing as a birthday surprise for one of her friends, who is a fan of 19th century Scandinavian Skagen artists.
The masterpiece, entitled ‘Summer Evening on Skagen Beach’, was originally painted by Danish artist Peder Severin Kroyer in 1899.
Retired GP Claire took up art after moving from her home in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, to be closer to her favourite Northumberland beaches.
She explained: ‘I wanted to surprise a friend for his 80th birthday who told me his interest in the Skagen group of artists.
‘I looked through their work and found the Peder Kroyer Summer Evening on Skagen Beach painting.’
The work was eventually washed away by the tide (Picture: SWNS)
The original painting was called Summer Evening at Skagen Beach by Peder Severin Kroyer (Picture: SWNS)
Claire Easton wanted to surprise a friend with an interest in the Skagen group of artists (Picture: Claire Eason / SWNS)
Claire continued: ‘The scene looked very Northumbrian to me, and the elegant couple with their black dog.
‘I traced the figures out on paper and mapped out how I would recreate it on the beach in time for the tide to lap up close to the couple.
‘The piece lasted about an hour before the tide came in but that is part of the magic of beach art.’
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