Waterloo Bridge, Sunlight Effect
Waterloo Bridge, Sunlight Effect, ca. 1900 (dated 1903)
Oil on canvas
29 1/16 × 38 5/8 in. (73.82 × 98.11 cm)
Bequest of Mrs. Albert T. Friedmann M1950.3
Photo credit John R. Glembin
Claude Monet, regarded as the leader of the Impressionist movement, was the most original and influential painter of the nineteenth century. He produced a variety of landscapes and outdoor scenes that explore the transitory effects of light and clear color under varying atmospheric conditions. This magnificent painting belongs to Monet's later career, when he focused increasingly on a series of canvases devoted to a single motif. These so-called serial paintings-The Grainstacks, Rouen Cathedral, Views of the Thames, among others-allowed Monet to study the ways in which light, air, and weather transform visual appearance. Monet himself commented in 1895: "The motif is significant for me: what I want to reproduce is what lies between the motif and me."
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