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Claude Monet - Houses of Parliament (Effect of Fog) [1903-04]

In the autumn of 1899 and the early months of 1900 and of 1901, Monet executed a series of views of the Thames River in London. From his room at the Savoy Hotel, he painted Waterloo Bridge to the east, and Charing Cross Bridge to the west; beginning in February 1900, he set up his easel on a terrace at Saint Thomas’s Hospital across the river, reserving time in the late afternoon to depict the Houses of Parliament.

While in London, Monet produced nearly a hundred canvases, reportedly moving from one to another as the light changed. He continued to work on these paintings in his studio at Giverny. In May 1904, thirty-seven were exhibited at the Galerie Durand-Ruel in Paris, including this view of the Houses of Parliament cloaked in dense fog.

[Metropolitan Museum of Art – Oil on canvas, 81.3 x 92.4 cm]


Posted by Gandalf’s Gallery on 2012-10-05 07:32:36

Tagged: , Art , Paintings , Claude Monet

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