Morning at Etretat (1883) by Claude Monet

Morning at Etretat - Claude Monet - 1883

Artwork Information

TitleMorning at Etretat
ArtistClaude Monet
Dimensions81 x 63 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Morning at Etretat

Claude Monet’s “Morning at Etretat” is an oil on canvas artwork completed in 1883 that exemplifies the Impressionism art movement. Measuring 81 by 63 centimeters, this exquisite landscape painting currently resides within a private collection. The artwork showcases Monet’s masterful use of color and light to capture the atmosphere of the seaside at Etretat, a commune on the coast of Normandy in France, which was a popular subject among the Impressionists.

In the artwork, Monet portrays the beauty of the Etretat coastline at what appears to be early morning, as suggested by the illumination of the cliffside by warm sunlight. The vast sky above, carrying wisps of clouds, reflects a range of colors from a soft aquamarine to gentle hints of orange and pink, suggesting the sun’s early rays spreading across the horizon. Below, the sea is rendered in a myriad of blues and greens, punctuated by the white foam of waves breaking upon the shore. The famous cliffs of Etretat are depicted with vibrant orange and yellow hues, signifying the sunlight’s touch, whilst their rugged textures are perceptibly conveyed through Monet’s energetic brushwork.

The shore is dotted with rowboats, pulled up onto the beach, adding a human element to the otherwise natural scene and offering a sense of scale. The play of light and shadow, as well as the dynamic execution of the sea’s constant motion, stand as testaments to Monet’s skill in representing the transient moments of light and color, which are central themes within the Impressionist movement. This artwork captures not just a visual snapshot of the landscape but also the ephemeral quality of the moment, inviting viewers into the serene and luminous world that Monet perceived.

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