The colorful landscapes Caillebotte painted at this time resemble, in their spirit, the canvases Monet was painting at nearby Étretat and Pourville (see fig. 2). These paintings mark a shift in the artist's creative output, which perhaps coincided with the rift among the Impressionists when Caillebotte criticized Degas for not showing the paintings he had promised, and for allowing new recruits to show work Caillebotte felt was inferior. The crisp compositions he had painted in Paris are replaced by loose, nature-based landscapes. In the present work the animated brushwork highlighting the movement of the waterfall jetting from the cliff, in addition to the clearly fleeting weather conditions, manifest a truly Impressionist vision.
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