Claude Monet (1840 - 1926), c. 1864
oil on canvas,
53.0 cm x 80.4 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (purchased with support from the Vincent van Gogh Foundation and the Rembrandt Association)
There’s not a soul in sight, not even a fishing boat out at sea. This complete focus on nature is something Monet learned from the artists of Barbizon. Not long before he painted this landscape, he spent some time in the artists’ colony and garnered new ideas from them.
Monet was only 24 when he painted this coastal vista in Normandy. He often worked in the Honfleur area and that is probably where he produced it.