Monet & Architecture

I would like to paint the way a bird sings

Claude Monet

Making a fresh impression

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture at The National Gallery is one of firsts. It is not only the first solo Monet exhibition in the UK for nearly 20 years, but also the first Monet exhibition ever to focus entirely on his paintings of architecture.

Claude Monet was the founder and most prolific member of the French Impressionist movement. Painters who followed the Impressionist philosophy sought to capture fleeting perceptions of the world around them, such as how changing light brought out different colours and impressions of the surrounding landscape.

Monet is famed for his depictions of the natural world, from fields of poppies to waterlilies and haystacks. But he also painted many buildings in Rouen, Normandy, Paris, London and Venice. These included the simple structures of everyday life, as well as the landmark buildings that have stood for hundreds of years.

Monet & Architecture brings together over 75 paintings by the master Impressionist to offer a fresh perspective on his work. The canvases displayed in the National Gallery’s Sainsbury Wing span Monet’s long career from its beginnings in the 1860s, to the display of his Venice paintings in 1912.

This is Monet as you have never seen him before.

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9 April - 29 July 2018


The National Gallery 
Trafalgar Square
London W2CN 5DN