Love Impressionist paintings? Then the National Gallery’s latest exhibition should not be missed. This is a world first, something unusual and different. Not only is it an exhibition devoted solely to Monet, it looks at one of the little -known aspects of his work.
Book your stay at Best Western Palm Hotel Londres and visit Monet & Architecture. It is an exhibition that looks at Monet’s career through the many buildings that he painted during his travels within France, Italy and in London. He stayed at the Savoy Hotel in 1901 and wrote at the time ‘London would be quite ugly if it were not for the fog.’ Despite this initial reaction to the Victorian London skyline, it provided him with plenty of inspiration as he painted numerous scenes of the various London bridges and the Houses of Parliament. Some of the scenes were painted on the balcony of his room at the Savoy.
Several of these London paintings are on display within the Monet & Architecture exhibition. Other works include scenes of Rouen Cathedral at different times of the day, the Doges Palace in Venice, the Church at Varengeville, and Parisian scenes. The exhibition contains a total of 75 paintings, reflecting all stages of his career including an early work from 1863 when he painted a sixteenth-century house in Honfleur.
Among the most stunning works on display are scenes of Rouen Cathedral which seem almost photographic at a distance, yet almost abstract close up; and the drudgery of The Coal Heavers as they plod endlessly between barge and pier unloading bags of coal with an immense iron bridge in the background.
This is an opportunity to see a wide selection of Monet’s paintings, all of which have been drawn from collections worldwide. It is the first time that they have ever been brought together in an exhibition of this kind. Tickets are best booked in advance as this is quite a popular exhibition.
Monet & Architecture is at the National Gallery until July 29. You can search for budget hotels North London for booking your accommodation so that you can rejoice the exhibition to the fullest.