Claude Monet: London in Winter

Claude Monet

No winter snow as yet and the icy January chill isn’t as biting as decades past, but it’s still time for the overcoats and woolies. It’s unlikely Britain will see the likes of the Big Freeze of 1963, with global warming now an established scientific fact but some of the great artists captured the spirit of London during these colder months.

Claude Monet

Monet visited London in winter to produce his series of paintings of the Thames (1899 to 1901). On each visit he stayed for three weeks and never complained about the weather and in fact was quoted as saying: “without fog London wouldn’t be so beautiful.” He stayed at the Savoy were he had views of Charing Cross Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and the South Bank.

Monet produced 100 views of the Thames in winter and exhibited 37 of them in France in 1904. Paris’ Durand-Ruel gallery never tired of the subject matter when delivered from a master of his craft such as he. Below are the repeated paintings with the subtle impressionistic details evident in each canvas.

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament, fog

Claude Monet, The Houses of Parliament, grey

Claude Monet, The Houses of Parliament, sunset

Claude Monet, The Houses of Parliament, sunset

Charing Cross Bridge

Charing Cross Bridge, Claude Monet

Charing Cross Bridge, Claude Monet

Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge , Claude Monet

Waterloo Bridge sunlight effect

Waterloo Bridge grey weather, Claude Monet

Waterloo Bridge grey weather

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Eddie Saint-Jean

Eddie Saint-Jean is an arts reviewer with a background in art theory, film and theatre.

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