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Inspired by London's misty atmosphere and grand architecture, Claude Monet painted some of his greatest masterpieces. For the first time in the United States, these spectacular scenes of the Houses of Parliament and London's distinctive bridges will be showcased along with paintings, watercolors, prints, and photographs by his notable contemporaries.
An extraordinary look at London's transformation into a modern city as seen through the eyes of the artist, this exhibition of more than 125 works features a dozen paintings by Monet, including the BMA's two Monet masterpieces, Charing Cross Bridge and Waterloo Bridge. Attracted to London because of the striking effects created by the fog, smoke, and rain, and the reflections on the water of the Thames River, Monet began a series of views along the river in 1899, eventually creating nearly 100 paintings of the British capital in the throes of industrialization. These works established Monet as a 20th-century master whose influence was strongly felt by a rising generation of modernists.
From exuberant Fauvist paintings to evocative etchings and moody photographs, works by great modern artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Andre Derain, Camille Pissarro, and Childe Hassam take visitors on a journey along the Thames River through a range of styles and perspectives. Documentary photographs and vintage stereographs offer a historical view of the city that attracted artists from around the world.
The exhibition is organized and circulated by The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, and has received indemnification from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. British Airways is the official airline of the exhibition.
mit Claude Monet, James McNeill Whistler, André Derain, Camille Pissarro, Childe Hassam, u.a.