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Retired and enjoying my free time to paint. I love the French Impressionism era. Monet, Renoir, Bazille and Manet are some of my favorites.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Claude Monet

Houses of Parliament (Effect of Fog), 1903-04
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City
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In the fall 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 Staint 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.

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