Rouen Cathedral

By Claude Oscar Monet SKU:41396

Monet's "Rouen Cathedral" is a remarkable piece of art painted in 1894. It showcases his mastery of the Impressionist style, capturing the play of light and atmosphere on the iconic cathedral façade. What makes this painting truly special is Monet's innovative approach. He painted the series at different times of the day, capturing varying light conditions and weather, resulting in a collection of over 30 paintings. This exploration of light and its effects on the subject was groundbreaking and had a profound influence on the development of modern art. "Rouen Cathedral" stands as a testament to Monet's pioneering vision and continues to inspire artists and art enthusiasts today.

62 cm

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Monet’s “Rouen Cathedral” is a renowned painting that showcases the artist’s mastery in capturing the play of light and atmosphere. Created by the eminent French impressionist painter Claude Monet, this artwork holds great significance in the realm of art history. Painted in the late 19th century, it exemplifies Monet’s groundbreaking approach to depicting the ever-changing nature of light and its effect on the architectural beauty of the Rouen Cathedral.

Year Painted: Monet began working on his series of paintings featuring the Rouen Cathedral in 1892 and continued for several years. He completed approximately 30 canvases depicting the cathedral’s façade, exploring the variations in light and weather conditions. The painting we refer to as “Monet – Rouen Cathedral” is the collective name given to this series.

Importance and Uniqueness:

  1. Revolutionizing Impressionism: Monet’s “Rouen Cathedral” series played a pivotal role in advancing the artistic movement of Impressionism. The paintings exemplify the core principles of the movement, such as capturing fleeting moments, the effects of natural light, and the atmospheric conditions of a specific scene.
  2. Exploration of Light and Atmosphere: Monet’s fascination with the interplay of light and atmosphere is particularly evident in this series. He skillfully depicted the cathedral’s façade under various lighting conditions, including morning mists, glowing sunsets, and cloudy skies. Through his bold brushwork and vibrant color palette, Monet effectively conveyed the cathedral’s ethereal and ever-changing appearance.
  3. Study of Perception: By depicting the Rouen Cathedral repeatedly, Monet emphasized the notion of perception and its subjective nature. Each painting in the series offers a unique interpretation of the cathedral, influenced by Monet’s individual experience and the prevailing atmospheric conditions at the time of painting. This exploration of subjective perception was a departure from the traditional objective representation of subjects.
  4. Influence on Modern Art: Monet’s innovative approach and the “Rouen Cathedral” series had a profound impact on the trajectory of modern art. His emphasis on capturing transient moments and his bold use of color and brushwork paved the way for subsequent movements like Fauvism and Expressionism.
Original size:
65 x 100 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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