The grace and beauty of Monet’s paintings have enchanted audiences for over a century. His stunning Water Lilies are some of the most copied in the world. Yet he was much more than that – his paintings include landscapes and buildings of all kinds.
Why not book a stay at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair and head over to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square to enjoy one of the more unusual exhibitions of Monet’s work. This collection of 75 of his most famous paintings, shown together for the first time, takes a look at how he painted buildings and responded to architecture. As the National Gallery promises ‘this is Monet as you have never seen him before.’
The Monet & Architecture exhibition is divided into three sections focusing on different aspects of his work: The village & the Picturesque, The City and the Modern, The Monument and the Mysterious. By far the largest section deals with The Village and the Picturesque. This was very important part of his work. He wrote, “other painters paint a bridge, a house, a boat. I want to paint the air that surrounds the bridge, the house, the boat.”
The paintings on display have been drawn from collections all over the world, creating a once in lifetime opportunity to explore a very specific aspect of Monet’s work. It shows just how talented he was from the very start of his career, capable of evoking the strength and majesty of buildings in a new way. From Norman churches to London bridges, the houses of Parliament to the Doges Palace, this is definitely a spell binding collection of art works.
Among the paintings on display are The Church at Varengeville which glows amid a luminous mist. By comparison, the Coal Heavers depicts the pure drudgery of workers moving coal from a boat with a great iron bridge dominating the background. The Cathedral of Rouen is beautifully depicted giving the impression of a Victorian photograph until you get closer and it becomes almost abstract patches of colour.
Make sure to pick a well located accommodation like serviced apartments Covent Garden and visit Monet & Architecture. The exhibition is at the National Gallery until July 29.