Monet & Architecture at The National Gallery
Until 29th July 2018.
A new exhibition of Monet paintings has opened today at The National Gallery. The collection of paintings explores Monet’s use of architecture in painting, something which has never been done before.
Monet painted buildings in Venice, Normandy, Rouen, Paris and of course, London and this exhibition showcases the way he used buildings to define his compositions. This is a novel way of looking at Monet’s work since he was an artist celebrated for transcending subject matter, his work a riot of colour, textural brush strokes and wistful emotion.
Monet spent around 18 months in London and was intrigued by the vastness of our city and its rate of expansion; one of his most famous paintings of London shows the Houses of Parliament in the background, construction workers busy on the Victoria Embankment.
Monet’s work is also on display at the Impressionists in London exhibition at Tate Britain (until 7th May) but the last time the UK hosted an exhibition solely featuring his work was more than 20 years ago. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see his work as you’ve never seen it before.
We also recommend you check out this immersive video on The National Gallery Youtube channel, which takes you right into some of the paintings.
Monet & Architecture, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN