Detail of “The Manneporte” by Claude Monet. Courtesy Timken Museum

French Impressionist Claude Monet‘s paintings of a quaint fishing village on the Normandy Coast and their impact on American art will be the subject of a free lecture on Monday.

Raised in the Atlantic Ocean port of Le Havre, Monet returned time and again to the Normandy Coast, whose motifs—including the cliffs at Étretat—would become synonymous with Impressionism.

Two major paintings — both on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York — are on display at the Timken Museum in Balboa Park through Dec. 31.

Such was Monet’s influence that he attracted a group of American followers, who established an artists’ colony near his home at Giverny. Two of their paintings of Étretat are also on display.

Dr. Ariel Plotek, curator of modern and contemporary art at the San Diego Museum of Art, will lecture on “Monet and the Normandy Coast.” He is a specialist in 19th century French painting.

The lecture is at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16. The event is free, but an RSVP online is required.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.