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Waterloo Bridge: the Sun in a Fog, 1903

Claude Monet
French, 1840 - 1926
oil on canvas
73.7 x 100.3 cm
Purchased 1914
National Gallery of Canada (no. 817)
© Estate of Claude Monet / ADAGP (Paris) / SODRAC (Montréal)

Monet began this painting on one of the three trips to he made to London between 1899 and 1901. After his return to Giverny, Monet revisited the canvas over an extended period. Recent x-radiography revealed that the initial painting included towers and belching smokestacks on the far bank – landmarks that appear in other views of this subject. Ultimately he dissolved the original industrial landscape, focusing instead on light and the “ghostly magnificence of London, ” now captured through memory and imagination. Not all traces of urban life have been erased, however – morning traffic bustles atop the bridge while two scullers in the foreground float along the undulating water in the fog-cloaked glow of the sun.




Audioguide (1 min 5 sec)


Vision in a Fog (3 min 7 sec)

London as Seen by Monet (1 min 48 sec)

Creation in series (2 min 10 sec)

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