Claude Monet (1840-1926), an impressionist painter, created this painting during his second visit to Étretat in 1883. He worked from his hotel room, where he had a view over the cliffs and the sea.
The composition is split into four areas, with the beach in the foreground, then the rough sea, the famous cliffs, and finally, the cloudy sky. The natural forces dominate the human presence of the two fishermen. All of the elements are composed of touches of blue, yellow and green. Even the shadows are colored. The jerky and rapid stroke translates the rough waves, and the force of the wind.
Monet, who learned to compose his work outdoors, under the painter Boudin, depicts an ephemeral vision. Confined to his room during the storm, he tasked himself with rendering the variations of light, and the reflections of the sky and sea, that he could observe from his window.


  • Title: Étretat, mer agitée, 1883
  • Creator: Claude Monet
  • Creator Lifespan: 1840/1926
  • Creator Nationality: française
  • Creator Gender: masculin
  • Creator Death Place: Giverny, France
  • Creator Birth Place: Paris, France
  • Physical Location: Étretat, Haute Normandie, France
  • Location: Étretat, Haute Normandie, France
  • Location Created: Étretat, Haute Normandie, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 81,4 × 100,4 cm
  • Provenance: Achat du musée de s Beaux-Arts de Lyon en 1902
  • Subject Keywords: mer, tempête, vague, falaise, calcaire, barque, plage, caloge, hiver, pluie
  • Type: Peinture
  • Original Source: Lyon, musée des Beaux-Arts
  • Rights: Photo RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojéd
  • External Link: Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, Agence photo Rmn-GP
  • Medium: Huille sur toile

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Flash this QR Code to get the app
Google apps