Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Cliffs at Etretat

The Cliffs at Etretat
Claude Monet
Oil on Canvas

In 1885 Monet drew several pastel landscapes of the rocks at Etretat which have a Symbolist feel to them, enhanced by the medium and choice of colours: dove grey and fading purple.  Evening light softens the rock formations and illuminates the sea. Although some of the well-known oil paintings made at Etretat resemble pastels, others, like The Cliffs at Etretat are quite different, full of the sparkling light of Impressionism. Incidentally, Etretat is one of those landscapes that have been seen as a challenge to artists.

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