Parliament Building in London - Claude Monet. Oil on Canvas 92x215; 82 cm
In May 1904, the presentation of 37 paintings by Claude Monet, entitled "Views of the Thames in London," was held at the Duran Ruel Gallery. Three series of works were presented in the gallery, one of which went down in the history of world art, like “London, Parliament”.
The idea to embody the foggy waves of the famous Thames on the canvas, from which the outlines of the Gothic architectural complex of the Parliament will protrude, came to Monet in 1900. Two circumstances converged here - an acquaintance with Turner's work and a longtime love of the master for the English capital, and especially for the foggy Thames.
“The Parliament in London” is the clearest example of the main principle of Monet's painting - he does not recognize the objective reality, rejects the invariance of any qualities of objects, but argues that the color and shape of the depicted depends only on momentary lighting.
Through the dense fog, illuminated by the last flashes of the setting sun, the outlines of one of the most recognizable buildings in London emerge. The spiers of Westminster Tower pierce the sky with sharp needles. The sun illuminates the turbulent shallow waves of the river, staining the water surface in golden tones. Only the magnificent Monet could notice this majestic, but fleeting beauty, make time stop, to tell everyone else about it.