I went to this pebble beach in ‘Les petites dalles’ (a small village in the cliffcoast of France) and I found some really cool rocks there. To me it seems like water lies on the rocks, which erodes holes, in which more water can lie, so the holes get deeper and deeper. However, it is just a guess. I am not a professional rock-knower.
Monet at Vétheuil (74) The second trip to Normandy Perhaps the more spectacular cliff paintings are those that Monet made at sea level. Here’s two of them. The first one is made near Fécamp, but the other seems to be made during a short visit to Petites-Dalles, a small village little less than 20 km from Fécamp, where his brother had a country retreat by the sea.
Claude Monet, Falaise près de Fécamp (Cliff near Fécamp), 1881. Oil on canvas, 61 x 79 cm. Private collection Claude Monet, Falaise des Petites-Dalles (Cliffs of Les Petites-Dalles), 1881. Oil on canvas, 60 x 74 cm. Private collection
Monet at Vétheuil (62) A trip to the coast For the first time in a year since he had become a widower, Monet departed on a painting trip. Alice Hoschedé took care of the children, while he travelled by train to his brother Léon’s holiday villa at Les Petites-Dalles on the Normandy coast. He painted at least four paintings, perhaps in two days. Monet had made marine oils before, but these are the first where he combines the sea with high cliffs and high winds. Compared to his earlier, calm work around Vétheuil, this is drama.
Claude Monet, Les falaises des Petites-Dalles (The Cliffs of Les Petites-Dalles), 1880. Oil on canvas, 59 x 75 cm. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Claude Monet, Pleine mer, gros temps (At Sea, Stormy Weather), 1880. Oil on canvas, 55,5 x 74 cm. Private collection