Etretat, the Needle Rock by Claude Monet shopper pad

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Slim line blank shopper pad featuring a detail of Etretat, the Needle Rock and Porte d'Aval, the Cap d'Antifer (Cliffs at Etretat) by Claude Monet, part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection. Blank inside, ideal for shopping or to do lists.

Monet produced this work on the Normandy coast at Etretat, famous for its unusual rock formations such the Porte d’Aval (shown here), the Porte d’Amont and the Manneporte. Brought up in nearby Le Havre, he was familiar from childhood with these dramatic limestone cliffs and returned to the area at various times over his long career.

Etretat was fast developing as a tourist site, but this picture was produced at a time when Monet had abandoned modern, urban subjects in order to focus on natural phenomena and repeated motifs executed on the spot. He produced several versions of the Porte d’Aval, mostly in oil, seen from different viewpoints. Drawn from a high viewpoint, the scene has a stark simplicity, the use of muted tones of blue, cream and brown signal the onset of evening.

Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a French painter, a founder of French Impressionist painting.  Giverny is a village in the region of Normandy in northern France. Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926.