Claude Monet painted The Cliff at Dieppe in 1882. Through the course of the summer, Monet regularly made the short journey north along the Normandy coast from Pourville to Dieppe.
The sheer rise of the white chalk cliff, crowned by an old stone house with a red tile roof, intrigued Monet in its contrast to the placid shore below. He painted the beach in pale tones of pink, blue, and celadon green, roughing in the forms of the bathers with no more than a single stroke of black or gray.
Claude Monet continued to be intrigued by nature's rugged cliffs. See his dramatic painting Coucher de soleil à Etretat in the next section.