Impressionist painter Claude Monet is one of the most famous artists in the world. But you don't have to travel to the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris to see his work.
Monet is one of the artists who will be featured in the Winnipeg Art Gallery exhibit, 100 Masters: Only in Canada. SCENE asked curatorial assistant Ali King to tell us a bit about a particular room with a view:
During his visits to London, Claude Monet stayed at the fashionable Savoy Hotel, located on the north bank of the river Thames. From his balcony he had an excellent view of Waterloo Bridge and Charing Cross Bridge.
Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, effet de soleil, 1903. Oil on canvas. McMaster Museum of Art. (WAG)
His visits yielded over 100 canvases of the Thames, resulting in one of his most well-known series of paintings, Views of the Thames
, featuring the bridges and the Houses of Parliament.
Monet would set up several canvases so that he could move from one painting to the next as the weather and light conditions changed.
Of the handful of these paintings in Canadian collections, this picture is the undisputed archetype. True to his reputation as the leader of the Impressionist group, Monet's aimed to document an impression at a particular hour of the day. The very essence of the Impressionist technique--light, atmosphere, colour, and reflection--is brought to life in this celebrated depiction of Waterloo Bridge. 100 Masters: Only in Canada opens at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on May 11.