Girls Running, Walberswick Pier is an oil on canvas painting by the English impressionist artist Philip William Steer (1860–1942).
Dated 1894, the painting was displayed in two exhibitions at the Goupil Gallery that year, in February and April, entered simply as Girls Running. Offered at a price of £45 at the artist’s first solo exhibition, it was purchased by Sir Augustus Daniel in April 1894. It remained in his ownership until his death in 1950, following which his widow donated it, along with the rest of his art collection, to the Tate Gallery in 1951.
Steer, who trained at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris between 1882 and 1884, was inspired by the French Impressionist painters. He became a frequent visitor to friends in Walberswick, Suffolk where he painted the Impressionist seascapes and beach scenes that are considered to be his finest works. Girls Running, Walberswick Pier demonstrates the Impressionists’ influence on Steer as he captures the middle-class figures at the end of the pier and the two girls running towards the artist against a backdrop of sea and sky in the warm late-afternoon sunlight.