The Rock Needle Seen through the Porte d’Aval

By Claude Oscar Monet SKU:41459

Monet's "The Rock Needle Seen through the Porte d'Aval" is a remarkable painting that embodies his iconic Impressionist style. Painted in 1885, it captures the breathtaking beauty of Etretat's dramatic coastline in Normandy, France. What makes this artwork truly special is Monet's masterful use of light and color, skillfully depicting the fleeting effects of sunlight on the rugged cliffs and the shimmering sea. The artist's loose brushwork and emphasis on capturing the atmosphere rather than precise details give the painting a sense of immediacy and spontaneity, making it a quintessential example of Impressionism's revolutionary approach to capturing nature's essence.

35 cm

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This particular painting is part of his series of works depicting the stunning cliffs of Étretat, a coastal town in Normandy, France.

“The Rock Needle Seen through the Porte d’Aval” was painted by Monet in the year 1885. It is considered a very special painting for several reasons. Firstly, it is an exceptional example of Monet’s mastery of Impressionism, a revolutionary art movement that sought to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere in a spontaneous and vibrant manner.

In this painting, Monet portrays the majestic natural formation known as the “Aiguille d’Étretat” (Rock Needle) as seen through the Porte d’Aval, one of the three arches formed by the towering cliffs. The composition showcases the artist’s keen eye for capturing the interplay of light and shadow on the rugged surfaces of the cliffs and the shimmering waters below. Monet skillfully employs a vibrant color palette and loose brushwork to create a sense of movement and the ever-changing qualities of the scene.

Furthermore, “The Rock Needle Seen through the Porte d’Aval” is significant because it represents Monet’s fascination with the play of light on different natural elements. Throughout his career, Monet painted various series focusing on specific subjects such as water lilies, haystacks, and cathedrals. The Étretat series, including this painting, showcases his exploration of the unique coastal landscapes and the captivating effects of light and weather on the cliffs.

Original size:
92 x 65 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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