Low Tide at Pourville, near Dieppe, 1882

Low Tide at Pourville, near Dieppe, 1882

1882

Claude Monet

(French, 1840-1926)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 65.4 x 106.7 x 10.5 cm (25 3/4 x 42 x 4 1/8 in.); Unframed: 59.9 x 81.3 cm (23 9/16 x 32 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon 1947.196

Description

This is one of several views Monet painted of the cliffs and sand flats of Pourville, a small fishing village on the Normandy coast of France. The title indicates a momentary stage in the continuous cycle of nature, just as the quick, spontaneous application of paint reflects Monet's efforts to capture shifting effects of light, weather, and tide. The paint layers under the beach indicate that this part of the composition originally depicted water, as would have been appropriate for a depiction of high rather than low tide. Similar changes were made in the clouds during the painting process.

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