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Rouen Cathedral, the portal and the Tour d Alban in the sun

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1894, 107×73 cm • Oil, Canvas

Description of the artwork «Rouen Cathedral, the portal and the Tour d Alban in the sun»

Claude Monet was not interested in architecture. Well, in fact, masterpieces of architecture so do not write: a small part of the facade, the cut tower. In series "Rouen Cathedral" more than 30 paintings and each of them, as always, about light and air: Rouen Cathedral in the evening, Rouen Cathedral in the gray day, Rouen Cathedral, harmony in gold and blue and a lot of atmospheric variations of this Gothic masterpiece.

Saying that Monet failed to revive even a stone, saying that Monet was able to depict the model, not only in three dimensions, but in the fourth time. For the artist this story was a real battle with a brand new model: from February to April, 1892, he every day from morning to evening, comes to write the Cathedral. Comes, by the way, the dealer fashionable clothes shop which was directly opposite the new object of passion of the artist. He pays the owner of an enviable point of view on Cathedral to have access to the room on the second floor. A few days have to isolate Monet screen from buyers who Express increasing dissatisfaction from the neighborhood with a strange artist, spreading in the fitting room a dozen canvases.

The usual way of Monet's to write a series just about broken spring Church weather. It's in Giverny he could in the height of summer to put 20 of the canvases along the river and write poplars at different times of the day, barely managing to change the canvas at the appropriate time. Day by day the sun shone poplar equally at certain times of the day. And this cursed season with the fog and rain... Yesterday afternoon was bright sunshine, but today everything is completely different – in a gray fog and nothing was visible.

Monet is working frantically and nervously, his mood changes several times a day: from successfully captured the tone it comes to delight, from every failure is desperate. This extreme degree of stress resulted in the particular texture of the series "Rouen Cathedral" paintings are like sculpted from several layers of competing colors.

One of the daily letters his wife Alice to the end of your stay in Rouen Monet complains: "I can't do this anymore, I'm completely broken. All night dream — I've fallen Cathedral, and I could not understand what his color is blue, pink or yellow..."

In fact, the Cathedral was elusive but in this battle, Mona won. Modern museums and collectors can thank spring mists and rains images of Rouen Cathedral in different weather and in different lighting enough in order to decorate the collection of the Rouen Museum of fine arts (one of the paintings was bought by the Museum immediately – does not dry ink), musée d'orsay and museums in Germany, USA, Japan, Switzerland.

Author: Anna Sidelnikova
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Subject and objects: Architecture
Style of art and technique: Impressionism, Oil

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