Summertime often drew Monet to the English Channel coast, and in 1881 and 1882 he explored the
area around Dieppe, situated about ninety-six kilometers to the east along the coast from Le Havre.
For the purpose of giving focus to the scenes he painted in Pourville and Varengeville, west of
Dieppe, Monet liked the stone cabins that had been built during the Napoleonic era as posts from
which to observe coastal traffic. In Monet’s day they were used by fishermen for storage. The door
and flanking windows anthropomorphize the cottage, giving it a nose and two eyes. We may see the
cottage, but we cannot reach it, for there is no path. Indeed, all we can do is admire the view out
to sea. The Channel, dotted with recreational yachts, sparkles in the distance. The cottage,
especially its roof, is given an orange hue, which it may truly have possessed but which makes a
striking contrast of complementaries with the blue of the water on the horizon.