PREVIEW: Monet & Architecture, National Gallery

The National Gallery’s spring exhibition will focus on the relationship between Claude Monet’s work and architecture. 


This first purely Claude Monet based exhibition in London for twenty years will consider his work in terms of architecture when it goes on display at the National Gallery from the 9th April. 

Monet & Architecture will feature over seventy five paintings by the artist, spanning across his career from the mid 1860’s to the public display of his Venice paintings in 1912.  From his days as a young artist displaying  canvases of the bridges and buildings of Paris and its suburbs through to his work as an elderly gentleman in which he depicted  the renowned architecture of Venice and London. 

Through his work, buildings played diverse and unexpected roles, serving as records of locations or a city by its monuments and this exhibition is set to highlight this. 

The exhibition will be divided into three sections The Village and the Picturesque, The City and the Modern, and The Monument and the Mysterious – and will explore how one of the world’s best-loved painters captured a rapidly changing society though his portrayal of buildings.

A highlight of Monet & Architecture includes a gathering of some of Monet’s great ‘series’ paintings – five Dutch pictures from trips made in the early 1870s, 10 paintings of Argenteuil and the Parisian suburbs from the mid-1870s, seven Rouen Cathedrals from 1892–5, eight London paintings from 1899–1904, and nine Venice canvases from 1908.

The exhibition is curated by Monet scholar Richard Thomson, Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh. He said “It is a guest curator’s dream to be able to bring so many arresting paintings by such a great artist together and to combine them in groupings which bring out new ways of seeing his unrivalled work.”

Monet & Architecture will be on display at the National Gallery from the 9th April until the 29th July. For more information visit:


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