Etretat, Cliff of d`Aval, Sunset (1885) by Claude Monet

Etretat, Cliff of d`Aval, Sunset - Claude Monet - 1885

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TitleEtretat, Cliff of d`Aval, Sunset
ArtistClaude Monet
Art MovementImpressionism

About Etretat, Cliff of d`Aval, Sunset

The artwork titled “Etretat, Cliff of d`Aval, Sunset” is an exquisite landscape painting by the eminent artist Claude Monet, completed in the year 1885. As a distinguished example of the Impressionism movement, the work showcases Monet’s fascination with natural light and his skillful depiction of its transient effects on the environment.

The artwork itself captures a mesmerizing coastal scene at sunset with effervescent colors and brisk brushstrokes that are characteristic of Impressionist technique. The majority of the canvas is dominated by the vast expanse of the sky, awash in warm shades of yellow, orange, and pink, reflecting the setting sun. This saturated palette cascades over the shimmering surface of the sea, punctuated by short, choppy strokes that suggest the gentle movement of the waves.

To the left, the silhouette of the Cliff of d`Aval at Etretat is outlined against the vibrant sky. Notably, the natural arch of the cliff, known as the Porte d’Aval, is rendered in darker hues that contrast with the luminosity of the sky and sea. In this interplay of light and shadow, Monet captures the essence of the fleeting moment, evoking a sentiment of both tranquility and impermanence. The spontaneity of the artist’s technique is evident, where each brushstroke contributes to the overall impression of a scene that is effervescent and dynamic, echoing the constant flux of nature.

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