Houses of Parliament, London, Sun Breaking Through the Fog

By Claude Oscar Monet SKU:40618

Claude Monet's "Houses of Parliament, London, Sun Breaking Through the Fog" (1904) is a sublime representation of Impressionism. Monet's spontaneous and vibrant brushwork captures the ephemeral quality of light breaking through the fog, lending a dreamlike aspect to the iconic London architecture. The piece's unique dynamism comes from the balance of its transient atmospheric effects with the solidity of the architectural forms, embodying Monet's innovative style. This atmospheric exploration, rather than minute detail, reveals his keen interest in the changing patterns of nature, making this work truly special.

43 cm

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“Claude Monet’s “Houses of Parliament, London, Sun Breaking Through the Fog” is a breathtaking work of art that beautifully captures the atmospheric conditions of London at the turn of the century. Created during Monet’s second visit to London in the early 1900s, this piece is a unique representation of the Impressionist movement and Monet’s mastery of light and color.

Claude Monet, a prominent figure of the Impressionist movement, was born in 1840 in Paris, France. He was renowned for his en plein air (outdoors) painting style, emphasizing transient effects of sunlight and color over intricate detail. Monet’s ability to capture the natural environment and atmospheric effects sets him apart as a true innovator of his time.

The “Houses of Parliament, London, Sun Breaking Through the Fog” was painted in 1904. This masterpiece depicts the British Houses of Parliament shrouded in London’s iconic fog, with the morning sun striving to break through. The intensity of the fog is brilliantly depicted with a fusion of blues, purples, and pinks, encapsulating the surreal feeling of London’s misty mornings.

What makes this painting so special is its ability to capture the essence of Impressionism, a revolutionary movement that sought to portray scenes ‘impressionistically’ rather than with photographic realism. Monet was fascinated by the changing nature of light and color at different times of day and under varying weather conditions. His series of the Houses of Parliament (of which this painting is part) exemplify his exploration of these effects, each piece capturing a distinct atmospheric mood.

Also, the painting encapsulates Monet’s relationship with industrialization and modernity. The Houses of Parliament stand as symbols of modern society, while the enveloping fog and the breaking sun hint at the dialogue between manmade structures and the forces of nature, a recurring theme in Monet’s work.

Original size:
92 x 79 cm (width x height)
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183 cm

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