Étretat and Normandy coast

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Étretat and the Normandy coast



Monet often painted the impressive rock formations of Étretat and other places around the Normandy coast. He was not the only Impressionist who did so and several Pre-Impressionists had done so to. It’s nice to compare their results. (For the general references (=R) see, for the references to internet pages (=iR) see . For the subscriptions of the paintings see .)



Étretat lies 24km north of Le Havre. Courbet made several paintings here. Compared to Monet his colours are brighter around the years 1868/69. It’s impressive to see how Monet developed through the years and how his 1885 painting with it’s bright colours and it’s vivid brushstroke has become one of the greatest masterpieces of impressionist painting.

1869, Courbet: The Cliff at Etretat, after the Storm, 133×162, Orsay (iR2)

Monet, 1868-69, CR127, Rough Sea at Etretat (Port d’Aval), 66×131, Orsay (iR2; R22)

1885, CR1035, the Manneport at high tide, 65×81, private collection (iR2; iR51; R22)


Grainval lies 35km north/east of Le Havre.


Fécamp lies 36 north/east of Le Havre.

Les Petites Dalles:

Les Petites Dalles lie 49km north/east of Le Havre.


Saint-Valery-en-Caux is famous for it’s Falaise d’Aval and the Falaise d’Amont.


Varengeville lies 79km north/east of Le Havre. Monet, and Renoir painted here.


Pourville lies 81km north/east of Le Havre. Monet painted here.


Dieppe lies 83km north/east of Le Havre.


Berck lies 150km north/east of Le Havre. Lépic painted here very often. Manet sometimes painted here.