The paintings he had been doing at this time were meant to inspire an upcoming generation of painters at the time.
The painting is a fantastic blend of the traditional academic painting techniques and the impressionist techniques that Monet had adopted and popularized. The painting was done at a time when Monet's eyesight was not at its peak. The painting has since received a lot of acclaims and is a very valuable piece up to date.
The painting depicts the image of a cliff. The image is more of a landscape painting. Monet still paid a lot of attention to light and contrast in this painting. It is breathtaking and imploring painting.
Monet went off a bit from his characteristic heavy brushstrokes in this painting. The brushstrokes on this painting were a bit light as compared to most of his paintings. He still paid loads of attention to the blend of lighting colour and contrast though.
The colour of this painting was a bit dull as compared to other paintings he had done before. In a period which he was trying to inspire and upcoming generation of painters, these painting could be seen as a statement that you can always choose to be different and still be great.
Monet had started off as a landscape painter. The Pointe du Petit Ailly is a landscape painting with a touch of the impressionist painting. Monet painted this painting in 1897 at a time he was concentrating on floral series of painting. This painting, like Monet's earlier paintings, had a large area of focus.
This painting is more of a conventional painting of the times he was starting than the impressionist techniques he had perfected over the decades. The Pointe du Petit Ailly depicts a theme of ability. Monet was trying to show his ability to do anything he put his mind to.
Monet had observed painters copying from their masters and though it was not wise. The, therefore, developed his own painting techniques. This did not find favour in exhibitions at the time because his brushstrokes were too heavy and made the canvas rough or the painting was too big.
This made him partner with other unique painters such as; Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Frederic Bazille to establish an alternative exhibition where they would exhibit their unique talents. Monet had also studied painting with landscape painter Charles Gleyre. He also borrowed a leaf from painters such as Manet, Degas, and Caillebotte.
Monet had a number of popular paintings across his wide career of an impressionist painting. Among his popular paintings include:
White Azaleas in a pot- This was one of the inspirational floral pieces that Monet did in his later days. He did this painting at around the same time he was doing The Pointe du Petit Ailly. The White Azaleas in a pot also had some characteristics of the conventional painting techniques that Monet had disregarded before.
Another notable painting by Claude Monet was the Haystacks series of paintings. 25 pieces of oil on canvas pieces of paintings made the Hay-stacks series. Also one of his later day's paintings, he painted haystacks that were around his home at the time. The cliff depicted on The Pointe du Petit Ailly was also around his home at the time.