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Houses of Parliament, Sunlight Effect (Le Parlement, effet de soleil)

Claude Monet

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
Having already explored the play of water and light, Claude Monet took up the challenge of capturing the transformative beauty of London’s fog and smoke. During three winter painting trips from 1899 to 1901, he executed a number of works along the banks of the Thames. Stationing himself on the balcony of Saint Thomas’ Hospital, across the river from his subject, he substituted one canvas for another—nineteen in all—as changing weather and light conditions dictated. The Houses of Parliament emerge as a massive silhouette amid the late-afternoon gloom. Rays of pale sunshine break through at the upper right and shimmer on the water below in overlapping strokes of color.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Europe
  • DATES 1903
    DIMENSIONS 32 x 36 1/4 in. (81.3 x 92.1 cm) Frame: 41 1/4 x 45 1/2 x 3 3/8 in. (104.8 x 115.6 x 8.6 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower left: "Claude Monet 1903"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 68.48.1
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Grace Underwood Barton
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Houses of Parliament, Sunlight Effect (Le Parlement, effet de soleil), 1903. Oil on canvas, 32 x 36 1/4 in. (81.3 x 92.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Grace Underwood Barton, 68.48.1
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