It has long been noticed by many artists that the most unusual cliffs are located in the small town of Etretat in Normandy. His small guesthouses gathered a lot of lovers of swimming in the ocean and contemplation of vibrant and vibrant nature.
The rock, which Monet portrayed in his picture, was described a little earlier by a French writer. The sky in this place merges with water into a single whole, and a sullen and large cliff casts a huge shadow on the sandy shore. The tops of the slopes were flooded with bright evening light. A rock of amazing shape catches your eye, reminiscent of something of a large elephant, which lowered the trunk into the water.
Claude Monet often visited the coast to transfer amazing sea landscapes to paper. He visited the beach several times near the English Channel, where the rocks, broken by winds and waves, towered over the ocean like fantastic arcades.
The cliff depicted on the canvas as early as in his youth captured Monet's attention, thanks to the winning plot. In 1883, the master returned to the shores and cliffs of Etretat to begin work on the painting. He chooses a place at the foot of the cliffs to the west of Étretat. It was there, during a tide lit by the winter sun, he painted his canvas.
Monet painted over 6 dozen paintings when he was in Etretat, and 6 of them he dedicated to one cliff in the form of a large arch. The dark top of the rock stretched along almost the entire canvas. She occupies a key place in the plot. Solid strokes of dark blue, pink and golden colors reflect the surface of the sandstone and repeat the worrying sea.
The tiny distant human silhouettes on the back side demonstrate the scale of the rock and its power. The nature depicted on this canvas appears before the viewer as powerful and magnificent.