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Claude Monet Paintings 1879-1886

Cabin of the Customs Watch by Claude Monet

Cabin of the Customs Watch by Claude Monet                              is an oil on canvas (24x32-1/4 inches) housed at                                            The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Cabin of the Customs Watch by Claude Monet is an oil on canvas (24x32-1/4 inches) housed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Cabin of the Customs Watch was painted by Claude Monet in 1882. The sparse vegetation places this work during his first sojourn to Pourville that year.

Choosing a very high point of view, Monet looks down on the little structure, identified as a fishing hut in other paintings, and follows the roll of the hills that rise above the sea. The cool tonality -- seen in the silvery pink and lilac wildflowers on the hill and the icy, foam-crested waves of the blue water -- confirm the late winter setting.

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Claude Monet continued to travel with his easel, painting all along the Normandy coast. See his painting The Cliff at Dieppe in the next section.

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