Monet & Architecture

Monet & Architecture


Please note that this catalogue is available as pre-order and will be dispatched on the week commencing 02/04/2018.

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In an innovative approach, Richard Thomson considers Claude Monet’s paintings of buildings in their environment, offering a reappraisal of an artist more often associated with landscapes, seascapes and gardens. Buildings fulfilled various roles in Monet’s canvases; some are chiefly compositional devices while others throw into sharp contrast the forms of man-made construction against the irregularity of nature, or suggest the absent presence of humans. The theme was both central and consistent over five decades of his 60-year career.

Written by a renowned expert on Impressionism, this book covers Monet’s representations of historical buildings, inner cities, beach resorts, railway bridges and stations, suburban housing and busy harbours – subjects spanning northern France, the Mediterranean, and the cities of Rouen, London, and Venice. In addition to 77 great paintings by Monet, this thematic, picture-led book includes a wealth of comparative material, such as postcards, posters and original travel photography that sets Monet’s work firmly in its historical, cultural, and social framework.


Richard Thomson is Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh.

Product Code 1043676
Author Richard Thomson
Colour Illustrations Over 200
Dimensions 280 x 240 mm
Format Hardback
ISBN 9781857096170
Pages 248
Published April 2018
Publisher National Gallery Company Ltd
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