The Manneporte near Étretat

Artist: Claude Monet (French, Paris 1840–1926 Giverny)

Date: 1886

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 32 x 25 3/4 in. (81.3 x 65.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Lillie P. Bliss, 1931

Accession Number: 31.67.11

Description

In 1886, the writer Guy de Maupassant published his eyewitness account of Monet at Étretat. "The artist walked along the beach, followed by children carrying five or six canvases representing the same subject at different times of the day and with different effects. He took them up and put them aside by turns according to changes in the sky and shadows." Monet painted the dramatically arched projection in the cliff at Étretat six times from this angle: twice during each of three visits to the Normandy coast in 1883, 1885, and 1886. He refined the pictures in his studio.

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