Claude Monet

Waterloo Bridge: the Sun in a Fog

1903
Monet began this painting on one of the three trips he made to London between 1899 and 1901, and later revisited the canvas at his studio in Giverny. X-radiography has revealed that the initial painting included towers and belching smokestacks on the far bank – landmarks that appear in other views of this subject. Ultimately, the artist 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 – traffic bustles atop the bridge while two scullers in the foreground float along the water in the fog-cloaked glow of the sun.
Artist
Title
Waterloo Bridge: the Sun in a Fog
Date
1903
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
73.7 x 100.3 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1914
Accession number
817