Monet was one of the greatest of all Impressionist painters, creating masterpieces such as the Waterlily series. Yet he was also a painter of cityscapes and buildings. It is this aspect of his work that comes under the microscope in the latest exhibition at the National Gallery, in Trafalgar Square, London.
Monet & Architecture can be seen at the National Gallery until July 29. It is already proving to be extremely popular, and tickets need to be pre-booked. Over 75 paintings are on display, drawn from collections all over the world. None have been seen together in such an exhibition before.
The paintings show how Monet’s work developed throughout his career. The earliest work on display dates from 1863 and depicts a sixteenth-century house in Honfleur. Other works reflect his travels through France, and Italy as well as his stay in London at the turn of the twentieth century. Book your stay at Hotel Edward Paddington London if you are planning to visit the city and explore the artworks of Monet.
Monet was not very impressed with London at first. He actually wrote that ‘London would be quite ugly if it were not for the fog’. Despite this, he did gain considerable inspiration from the London skyline, painting numerous pictures of the Houses of Parliament and the various bridges over the River Thames. Many of these paintings were created on the balcony of his room at The Savoy Hotel.
Looking at his work in the exhibition it is possible to see just how accurate his drawing technique could be, how he could create a brick façade or depict the iron strength of a bridge while catching the effects of light and air. All kinds of buildings are depicted in his work such as Norman churches, Parisian bridges, cathedrals and great monuments such as the Doges Palace in Venice. It is definitely a once in lifetime opportunity to see so many works by Monet in one place. Apart from that, you can choose from various hotels near Paddington London to book your stay and visit the art exhibition at London’s National Gallery.
Exploring the exhibition takes you through three distinct sections of his work. The first part is entitled The Village and the Picturesque and deals mainly with scenes around France. The next section focuses on The City and the Modern and ends with The Monument and the Mysterious, both of which include works created on his travels.