Late 19th & early 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery Level 2, NGV International
Claude Monet’s choice of the popular seaside resort of Étretat, on the Normandy coast, for a working holiday in late January 1883 was perhaps prompted by the region’s fame as a recreational location. Étretat was situated directly above the beach, immediately to the right of the view depicted in Monet’s painting – but no indication is given here of the bustling presence of the town. The view has been framed instead to focus upon the awesome power of nature, whose majesty is underscored by the tiny scale of the waving figures at the water’s edge. There are, however, reminders of the relentless tourist paths beaten around Étretat – these can be seen in the heavy zigzags of the walking trails that surmount the cliff in the distance.
Centre left edge reverse of canvas
H.VIEILLE, E. TROISGROS S../ 35 RUE DE LAVAL 35/ PARIS/ COULEURS FINE&/ TOILE& PANNEAU