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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Monet and London: Views of the Thames

Claude Monet, London, Parliament, Sunlight in the Fog, 1904.

Sept 27, 2024 – Jan 19, 2025
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, United Kingdom

Monet visited London three times between 1899 and 1901. He would stay for several months, excited to be painting urban landscapes for the first time since settling in the French countryside. Monet started nearly 100 paintings in London, but it took him three years after his last trip to complete them. Staying loyal to Impressionist tenets, the artist struggled to capture fleeting moments while simultaneously representing the complex landscape he saw along the Thames. In 1904, Monet showed his series in Paris, unveiling mysterious, emotive views of landmarks like Charing Cross Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, and the Houses of Parliament. One review recognized him as a “master and king of the ephemeral.” The Courtauld exhibition is a first for the series in the U.K. —Jeanne Malle

Photo: Hervé Lewandowski/© RMN - Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay)