In Les Falaises Vignon depicts a calming vision of a coastal landscape. His soft colour palette used for both the sea and the cliff-top adds an air of calm and serenity to the scene. In the same manner his soft brushstrokes allow the colours to blend and run smoothly into one another, depicting both the tranquil movement of the waves and the gentle wind that blows through the rugged hill-top grass.
The composition of this piece recalls Monet’s cliff series from the 1880’s in which Monet focused solely on the shoreline of Dieppe, Étretat and Varengeville in Normandy. Here Vignon makes the cliff the protagonist of his painting, dominating more than half of the scene.