Claude Oscar Monet traveled to North-western France in 1882, in the small town of Pourville, where he stayed for a couple of months. During his stay, the Impressionist painted The Cliff Walk Pourville. The artist was very enthusiastic about this new landscape and was eager to portray it. At the time, he was with his mistress and future wife, Alice Hoschedé. There was a significant artistic influence from the Japanese woodcut prints coming to Europe at the time, as they featured vibrant colors, unusual compositions, and themes of the daily life – like going to visit the beach with family.
As an Impressionist, Monet valued working en plein air – meaning he worked outside to capture the optical effect light had on the landscape and its figures. This seascape is a perfect example of this representation of light through pigments of color. The painting portrays two women on the edge of the cliff looking out into the horizon. They are both wearing elegant white, pink, and soft green clothing that beautifully flow in the wind. They both have sun hats, and the woman on the right holds a pink parasol. It is believed that the two figures represent Blanche and Marthe, Alice’s daughters – others think one of the women could be Alice herself.
Monet’s vivid and Impressionistic brush strokes enabled him to capture the essence of this windy and sunny day. The swiftness of his hand on the grass gives the illusion of the wind passing by it. If the viewer emerges him/herself enough in the artwork, it is possible to imagine the sound of the rustling wind. The mostly green cliff almost creates a diagonal line on the canvas, taking up about half – Monet adds specks of pink, violet, ochre and blue to give the grass more life.
The sea guides the viewer’s eyes to the horizon – to the tiny strokes of white in the far distance that represent sailboats. The sea looks to be made of crystal clear water, as Monet used a beautiful palette of blue, green, white, and turquoise. The small but numerous waves and movements of the sea are represented in horizontal wavy brushstrokes. The blue sky takes up about a third of the canvas holds a handful of soft and round white clouds. Monet gradually warms the tonality of blue as it reaches the horizon.
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