The sun is hot and vivid, and an exact time in the morning is marked by the angle of the shadows, which are deep and purplish and mellow. The waves seen close-up, appear to be nothing but dabs and slaps of the paint brush. When you move back, that signature, impressionistic optical mixture comes into play, and you see real waves whitecap in the breeze. At the correct distance, these and all the painterly elements become nature intself. These are the words of Thomas Hoving who bought this painting in the early 1970's for 1.4 million dollars for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and today that painting would fetch 20 times that amount.