London, the Fog and Monet

Six paintings. One concept

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Monet painted series because they allowed him to show how things are “modified” when light changes and when atmospheric conditions vary. (The great lesson of Impressionism: things are not what they are really, but how we “perceive” them.)

London was an ideal place for his impressionist obsession and this series with the Waterloo Bridge is not the only one he painted there. In addition to its magnificent architecture and the Thames to reflect light —Monet had a weakness for water mirrors— London has the fog, that meteorological phenomenon that changes the aspect of things all the time, it “plays” with our perception.

The artist expressed: “Without the fog, London would not be a beautiful city. It is fog that gives it its magnificent amplitude...”


Recommended links:

Timeline: Moments of Monet.

Monet’s path to Impressionism.


The First Series of Monet.

The Rouen Cathedral.

The Last Paintings of Monet: a Touch of Expressionism?

Impression, Sunrise (1872).

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