Rouen Cathedral: The Portal (Sunlight)

Artist: Claude Monet (French, Paris 1840–1926 Giverny)

Date: 1894

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 39 1/4 x 25 7/8 in. (99.7 x 65.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915

Accession Number: 30.95.250

Description

Monet painted more than thirty views of Rouen Cathedral in 1892–93. Moving from one canvas to another as each day progressed, he painted the facade with highly textured brushstrokes that convey the aspect of sculpted stone and make the atmosphere and light palpable. Monet later finished the works in his studio at Giverny, carefully adjusting the pictures both independently and in relation to each other. Hence, most are signed and dated 1894, as is this example. In 1895, Monet exhibited twenty of his cathedral pictures at Galerie Durand-Ruel in Paris. This one was titled Le Portail (Soleil), or The Portal (Sunlight).

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