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

By the mid-1880s, Claude Monet had distanced himself from the modern city, seeking landscape subjects in various parts of France instead. The Norman town of Étretat was famous for its cliffs, rock formations, and fashionable summer homes, but Boats on the Beach at Étretat shows none of these familiar sights. Forced indoors by inclement weather, Monet painted this narrow view of the beach from his room in the Hôtel Blanquet, where he stayed from mid-October to mid-December 1885. In a letter to his future wife, he noted that he had spent the afternoon “painting the caloges [disused fishing boats covered with tarred planks and used for storage] in the rain.”

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 240

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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