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Boats on the Beach at Étretat

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1885

Artist:

Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

About this artwork

Forced indoors by inclement fall weather, Claude Monet painted Boats on the Beach at Étretat and The Departure of the Boats, Étretat while looking out the window of his room at the Hôtel Blanquet. The two form a pair that share a palette, subject, and vantage point. In one of his daily letters to his companion and future wife, Alice Hoschedé, dated November 24, 1885, Monet he described first Boats on the Beach and then Departure of the Boats: “In the afternoon, I worked in my room on my caloges [retired fishing boats covered with tarred planks and used for storage] in the rain, then I attempted to do, always through the window, a picture of the boats departing.”

Monet centered each composition on the boats, combining pastel blues, pinks, purples, and greens to render wet surfaces. The brightly colored hulls of beached crafts lend relative scale to the structures in Boats on the Beach, and the groups of figures at the water’s edge, composed of quick, gestural strokes, register human activity in Departure of the Boats.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Claude Monet

Title

Boats on the Beach at Étretat

Origin

France

Date

1885

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower right: Claude Monet

Dimensions

66 × 82.3 cm (26 × 32 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1947.95

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