Rouen Cathedral, the Portal and the tour d’Albane, Morning Effect

By Claude Oscar Monet SKU:41398

"Rouen Cathedral, the Portal, and the Tour d'Albane, Morning Effect" is an iconic 1894 painting by Claude Monet, a celebrated Impressionist. Monet used his distinctive style to portray the Rouen Cathedral in a mesmerizing interplay of light and shadow, illustrating the cathedral's facade with varying atmospheric conditions. This painting is special due to Monet's unique series approach. He painted the same subject multiple times under different light and weather conditions, profoundly exploring the perception of color and light, and epitomizing the Impressionist movement's core principles.

67 cm

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Claude Monet, a founder of French Impressionism, is renowned for his technique of portraying his subjects in various moods and atmospheres by capturing the changing effects of light. The “Rouen Cathedral” series, and specifically “The Portal and the Tour d’Albane, Morning Effect,” epitomizes this exploration of light’s variability.

Situated in Rouen, Northern France, the Gothic Rouen Cathedral had been a central subject for Monet’s series of approximately 30 paintings. Each work in the series captures a different time of day and year, illustrating a range of atmospheric conditions.

“The Portal and the Tour d’Albane, Morning Effect” uniquely captures the early morning light as it plays on the intricate stone facade of the cathedral. The painting showcases Monet’s remarkable ability to depict light and shadow, with the warm hues of morning sunlight contrasted against the cool, shadowy tones of the building.

What makes this painting particularly special is Monet’s innovative approach to Impressionism. Rather than focusing on the precise architectural details of the cathedral, he was more interested in rendering the ‘impression’ of changing light and color on its surface. This practice was revolutionary in its time and continues to inspire artists and viewers today.

The painting also demonstrates Monet’s dedication to ‘en plein air’ painting, a practice of painting outdoors to capture the natural light and color of the landscape. He created multiple canvases of the same subject at different times of day, a testament to his profound observation skills and perseverance.

To fully appreciate “Rouen Cathedral: The Portal and the Tour d’Albane, Morning Effect,” one must understand it not merely as a static image, but as a moment in time, captured through Monet’s distinct perception of light and atmosphere. This masterpiece invites viewers to explore the transformative power of light and its impact on our perception of the world.

Original size:
60 x 100 cm (width x height)
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122 cm

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