Claude Monet

Rock Needle Seen through the Porte d'Aval, Étretat

1886
In the Fall of 1885, Monet took up residence in Étretat, a small fishing village and resort town on the Normandy coast. He likely began this painting at that time, then shipped it with some fifty other canvases to his studio in Giverny where he continued work, signing it in 1886. The lighting and tide conditions correspond to late afternoon, as the sun sets behind the cliff. Given the angle of view, Monet could only have been working from a stretch of shoreline that is exposed for a short time at low tide.
Artist
Title
Rock Needle Seen through the Porte d'Aval, Étretat
Date
1886
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
65.2 x 92.1 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Gift from the Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Collection, Montreal, 2009
Rights
Photo © NGC
Accession number
43002