“I took your advice & managed to make some quite good things

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“I took your advice & managed to make some quite good things

“I took your advice & managed to make some quite good things

“I took your advice & managed to make some quite good things out of paintings I considered irredeemable.” Claude Monet to his Parisian #ArtDealer Paul Durand-Ruel (1830-1922).
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In 1882 Claude Monet (1840-1924) made two trips to the Normandy coast. He had visited the area in 1873 and 1880, then again in 1881, when he painted at Granville and Fécamp, marking the start of seven consecutive years of painting on the Channel Coast. In the years between 1881 and 1886 Monet painted at Fécamp, Pourville, Varengeville and Etretat and developed a reputation as a brilliant painter of marine views.
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In early February 1882, … he declared “Le pays est merveilleux” and “la mer est superbe, les falaises paraissent moins belles qu’à Fécamp.” Inspired by the dramatic landscape, he wrote to his mistress Alice Hoschedé, who had remained at home with his family in Poissy, that he was travelling “tout les pays, tous les chemins…dessous et dessus les falaises.”
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Claude Monet, Falaise à Varengeville, Oil on canvas, 64.8 x 81.3 cm, 1882, Signed and dated lower right: Claude Monet 82 – courtesy @richardgreengallery at #TEFAFNY @tefaf_art_fair.
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