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Boats On The Beach At Etretat

Claude Oscar Monet was greatly appealed to the city of Etretat, as he saw it as a getaway from the bustle of Paris. The painter lived there in 1868 with his Impressionist colleagues, Camille Pissarro and Pierre Auguste Renoir. Fifteen years later, Monet returned to the small town where he completed a series of seascapes, including Boats On The Beach At Etretat. The artist was inspired by the French Realists who also produced paintings of this location, like Gustave Courbet and Eugene Delacroix. A distinct resemblance in theme and atmosphere to this work can be seen in Courbet’s The Cliffs at Etretat After the Storm, painted in 1870.

Like many other Impressionist, Monet worked maily en plein air, meaning he painted outside to observe the effects of natural sunlight on a landscape and figures. The artist did not idealize the scene and was interested in the constant changes of light, many times working on multiple canvases of the same landscape at the same time – each for a different time of the day. Monet’s love for nature could be an influence from the Japanese woodcut prints that came to Europe with simplistic themes of the everyday life as well the portrayal of nature.

Boats On The Beach At Etretat was painted with a different perspective than many seascapes. Because of the many cliffs surrounding the beach, Monet was able to capture a higher viewpoint than usual. In the forefront, a row of colorful boats are side-by-side on the sand – white, black, yellow, green, red, and even blue are the colored the artist used in the many boats. The bottom right corner portrays large boulders in the shadow. He used simple and small brush strokes to depict the fishermen on the beach.

The shore is bustling with small waves, and it curves in the distance until the end, where it finds a cliff. The water is light blue with details of white and green, representing crystal clear water. The cliff portrayed in the far background is ochre, brown and the details of the rocks were painted in purple. The horizon is clear and marked with a dark blue line. The blue sky holds only a thin layer of scattered white clouds, symbolizing a calm, sunny day.

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Boats On The Beach At Etretat Claude Oscar Monet

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