- Willy Schlobach
- Les Falaises
- Signed with the artist’s monogram and dated 1907 (lower right)
- Oil on canvas
- 24 by 27 5/8 in.
- 61 by 70.2 cm
Private Collection, Philadelphia (and sold: Christie's, London, February 7, 2006, lot 24)
Acquired at the above sale
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Schlobach was fascinated by this stretch of coastline seen in the present work and painted this scene several times over the period of 1880-1910. The coastline had long been a source of inspiration for writers and painters who were drawn to the powerful display of natural force in the crashing waves. Claude Monet painted the Normandy coast and the cliffs at Etretat in the late 1800s as well, particularly drawn to the unique rock formations (see fig. 1). In contrast to Monet’s quick, flickering brushstrokes, Schlobach’s early representations of this landscape were highly organized and structured in compliance with the theoretical principles of Seurat’s movement. By 1907, however, he confidently captured the dynamic play of light on the water in his own freer interpretation of Pointillism, utilizing larger brushstrokes and a subtle combination of color in a style which fully synthesized the impact of Monet.