Monet lived in a small fishing village near to Varengeville in Normandy, where he produced a lot of work inspired by the scenic coastline. He was interested in the triangular shapes formed by the meeting of cliffs, sky and sea, and this piece is a typical asymmetrical composition.
The building on the left is a coastguard's cottage. The pale sky and murky palette reveal Monet's interest in the changing light at different times of day and the influence of the weather and general environment.
Where to see this painting?
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square, Walsall, Staffordshire, England, WS2 8LG
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.