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Houses of Parliament in the Fog

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Houses of Parliament in the Fog

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Claude Monet
French, 1840–1926

Date

1903

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

60.5

Dimensions

32 x 36 3/8 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 207

Description

In the early 1900s, Impressionist painter Claude Monet made a series of views of the Houses of Parliament in London. He worked from a balcony of Saint Thomas’s Hospital, directly across the River Thames. In this view, the Thames is covered by thick fog, and the Houses of Parliament loom in the distance. As is typical of Monet’s very late work, with its lack of spatial depth and very free brushwork, this painting verges on abstraction.

Credit

Purchase with Great Painting Fund in honor of Sarah Belle Broadnax Hansell