Archive for May, 2018

Monet and Architecture at London’s National Gallery

Between 9 April and 29 July 2018, the National Gallery in London is hosting an exhibition which will be special for all lovers of French Impressionism, devoted to ‘Monet and Architecture’. No less than 77 canvasses are assembled, ranging from celebrated works from the gallery’s own holdings to rarely viewed paintings loaned from private collections.

The leitmotif is, as the title suggests, architecture, and the paintings’ locations vary from coastal scenes integrating humanity and nature to the fully-fledged modernity of Paris and London. Present too are Monet’s impressions of Amsterdam, Venice and Rouen cathedral, and his well-known ‘series’ orientation is not neglected. The scenes are captured with light effects corresponding to the different seasons, from glowing summer to the depths of winter.

The catalogue, compiled  by Richard Thomson, includes all  the paintings from the exhibition and more. It is rare indeed to be able to view so many of Claude Monet’s works at a single sitting, and the National Gallery is to be congratulated on this enterprise.