In the Footsteps of the Impressionists

Today we went to Etretat, a vacation village nestled between cliffs on the ocean. These cliffs provided inspiration for romantic and impressionist artists in the 19th century. We saw a painting by Turner of these cliffs while we were in London. We’ve also seen paintings by Delacrois, Corbet, Matisse, Corot, Manet, Sisley, Renoir and many others of the various arches and stacks that make up the cliffs. It was thrilling to be there, tiring to hike 2 miles up the cliffs to various viewpoints and then 2 miles back down. (No charge unlike the famous Cliffs of Mohr in Ireland.) However, the place is overrun with tourists. It is quite the Auguest destination. We enjoyed a late lunch at a beachside cafe and watched the people saunter by.

No time for pictures tonight at the Tabac. It’s busy with men smoking and drinking. When I get my photos from Entretat downloaded I will post some. That may not be until Saturday evening if we don’t find an alternative internet connection. In the mean time I have found a few paintings on the internet for your viewing pleasure.

Au revoir!


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About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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