monet london bridge

About This Artwork

Charing Cross Bridge, London. 1901

Oil on canvas

65 x 92.2 cm (25 5/8 x 36 5/16 in.)

Inscribed lower right: Claude Monet 1901

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1150

Wildenstein, Claude Monet, cat rais. 1996 1527; Wildenstein, Claude Monet, biographie et catalogue raisonne, 1979 1527

As part of an effort to shape the future of scholarly publishing, the Getty Foundation in 2009 invited the Art Institute of Chicago and eight other museums to participate in a venture called the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI). The Art Institute is pleased to present the first catalogue produced from this venture: Monet: Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago . which includes this work. Entries on the museum’s 47 artworks by Monet include high-resolution imaging, in-depth curatorial essays, and conservation reports.

BeginПing in September 1899, Claude Monet мейд almost one hundred paintings of the river Thames in London. These works show only three different views—Charing Cross Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, both painted from the Savoy Hotel; and the Houses of Parliament, painted from Saint Thomas’s Hospital. In the smoggy, industrial city, Monet challenged himself to capture effects of light seen through a dense atmospheric screen. Beyond the rectilinear skeleton of Charing Cross Bridge—reminiscent of bridges in Japanese prints, which the artist collected—rises the ghostlike silhouette of the Houses of Parliament.

— Permanent collection label

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