Sat, Jun 20, 2020 — Sun, Sep 27, 2020
The Detroit Institute of Arts welcomes a masterwork by Impressionist artist Claude Monet from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts: The Cliffs at Étretat, 1885.
Monet is perhaps most widely known for having painted the urban and suburban Parisian landscape as exemplified by Rounded Flower Bed, the sole painting by the artist in the DIA’s collection. However, the Normandy Coast—where Monet spent much of his childhood—was an important subject for him, and he returned to it multiple times throughout his career.
The Cliffs at Étretat is a splendid example of Monet’s work depicting the dramatic, cliff-lined coast in the 1880s. It will be presented in the DIA’s permanent collection galleries alongside Georges Seurat’s View of Le Crotoy from Upstream, 1889—a painting made just four years later that also depicts a coastal site on the English Channel, approximately 100 miles north of Étretat. This installation will give visitors the unique opportunity to investigate and compare the treatment of similar subjects by these two masters of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.