The Doge's Palace (Le Palais ducal)
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
Daunted by Venice’s innumerable picturesque views and its art-historical legacy, Claude Monet delayed visiting the city until 1908. Once there, he explored familiar artistic concerns—reflection, atmosphere, and structure—through the elements of water, light, and architecture. To capture the Doge’s Palace, Monet positioned himself across the Grand Canal in a gondola. Despite the horizontal format of both the canvas and the palace itself, the painter created a strong vertical through the reflection, which dissolves the solid structure into a shimmer of colors.
Oil on canvas
32 x 39 in. (81.3 x 99.1 cm)
Frame: 41 1/4 x 49 x 3 5/8 in. (104.8 x 124.5 x 9.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower right: "Claude Monet 1908"
Gift of A. Augustus Healy
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Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). The Doge's Palace (Le Palais ducal), 1908. Oil on canvas, 32 x 39 in. (81.3 x 99.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of A. Augustus Healy, 20.634 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 20.634_SL1.jpg)
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