Claude Monet painted The Departure of the Boats, Etretat in 1885. The artist stayed in the Hôtel Blanquet while in Etretat. Located on an upper floor with a view of the beach, the room gave Monet a view of the coastline when the weather forced him indoors.
Late in November Monet painted the departure of the fishing fleet by looking out his window. The high perspective allowed him to use the shacks and abandoned boats in the foreground to sweep the line of vision toward the sea.
Claude Monet continued to paint from high points of view in Etretat. See a calmer view of the shoreline in Etretat, gate of Aval: Fishing boats leaving the harbor in the next section.