Charing Cross Bridge (1902) by Claude Monet

Charing Cross Bridge - Claude Monet - 1902

Artwork Information

TitleCharing Cross Bridge
ArtistClaude Monet
Dimensions81.3 x 65.4 cm
Art MovementImpressionism

About Charing Cross Bridge

The artwork “Charing Cross Bridge” is an oil on canvas painting crafted by the illustrious artist Claude Monet in the year 1902. As a significant figure within the Impressionism movement, Monet’s creation exemplifies the inherent qualities of this art style through its execution and subject matter. Measuring 81.3 by 65.4 cm, the piece portrays a cityscape, specifically a vista of the Charing Cross Bridge. This work is part of a series dedicated to the same subject, where the artist explored various atmospheric conditions and times of day.

The artwork itself manifests a delicate interplay of light and color, capturing the ephemeral nature of the visual experience. Monet’s adept use of fleeting brushstrokes coalesces to form the impression of the bridge and its reflections on the water. There is a masterful rendering of the Thames, with the play of natural and artificial light creating a symphony of warm and cool tones. The architectural form of the bridge is indicated with a subtle outline, its presence felt more through the reflection in the water than its direct depiction.

In the distance, one can discern the shadowy silhouette of the Westminster Palace, including the iconic clock tower, providing a sense of depth and context to the scene. The sky and water are awash with a luminous haze that blurs the boundaries between them, a trademark of Monet’s style that conveys the impression of a specific moment captured in time. The overall effect is one of harmony and fluidity, a serene and atmospheric view that transcends the mere representation of a cityscape to evoke the transient beauty of light and mood.

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