The idea to embody the foggy waves of the famous Thames on the canvas, from which the outlines of the Gothic architectural complex of the Parliament will protrude, came to Monet in 1900. Two circumstances converged here – an acquaintance with Turner’s work and a long-standing love of the master for the English capital, and especially for the foggy Thames. “The Parliament in London” is the clearest example of the main principle of Monet’s painting – he does not recognize the objective reality, rejects the invariability of any qualities of objects, but claims that the color and shape of the depicted ISITO only momentary illumination.
Description of the picture:
Parliament Building in London – Claude Monet. 1900-1904 Oil on Canvas 92×215; 82 cmIn May, one thousand nine hundred and four years, the presentation of thirty-seven paintings by Claude Monet entitled “Views of the Thames in London” took place in the gallery of Duran-Ruel. Three series of works were presented in the gallery, one of which went down in the history of world art, like “London, Parliament”.
Through the dense fog, illuminated by the last flashes of the setting sun, the outlines of one of the most recognizable buildings in London emerge. The spiers of Westminster Tower pierce the sky with sharp needles. The sun illuminates the turbulent shallow waves of the river, staining the water surface in golden tones. Only the magnificent Monet could notice this magnificent, but fleeting beauty, make time stop, to tell everyone else about it.