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Rocks at Port-Goulphar, Belle-Île

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)

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Belle-Île, a small island off the southern shore of Brittany, was known for its dramatic cliffs, rock formations, and grottoes. As he often did, Claude Monet misjudged the time he would need to explore and capture the beauty of the place, which he variously called “lugubrious,” “terrifying,” and “very beautiful.” He came for two weeks and stayed for more than two months. This canvas is one of a group depicting the frieze of rock formations known as Port-Goulphar.


On View, Gallery 240


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Claude Monet


Rocks at Port-Goulphar, Belle-Île


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed lower right: Claude Monet 86


66 × 81.8 cm (26 × 32 3/16 in.)

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey B. Borland

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