Claude Monet painted Rocks at Belle-Isle, Port-Domois in 1886. Looking down at the rocky coast, the artist depicted the cliffs and rock formations as solid masses looming over a restless sea.
Monet used color and stroke to create this contrast. The cliffs are worked in with densely laid strokes of deep shadowed tones, while the short broken strokes of lighter hues -- blues fading into brilliant white -- describe the constant motion of the water.
Claude Monet continued to paint in Belle-Isle, even facing gale winds and rain. See the leaden palette of Monet's Storm, Belle-Isle coast in the final section.