Cap Martin - During his trip to the Riviera, Monet discovered Cap Martin, a location where he spotted subjects that were crying out to be painted. He decided to stay there briefly just before he went back to Giverny. So at the beginning of April he travelled to Menton from Italy and stayed at the HÙtel du Pavillon du Prince de Galles, near Cap Martin. He set to work the very next day at a spot where he felt 'much more relaxed' than in the place he had just left. He ended up staying far longer than anticipated on account of exceptionally good weather. The painter gave more emphasis here to the sea than in Bordighera, echoing his Normandy coast works.
Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant).