Houses of Parlilament, Sunlight Effect (1900 – 1901) by Claude Monet

Houses of Parlilament, Sunlight Effect - Claude Monet - 1900 - 1901

Artwork Information

TitleHouses of Parlilament, Sunlight Effect
ArtistClaude Monet
Date1900 - 1901
Art MovementImpressionism

About Houses of Parlilament, Sunlight Effect

The artwork titled “Houses of Parliament, Sunlight Effect” was created by renowned artist Claude Monet between 1900 and 1901. This piece is a representative work of the Impressionism art movement, which focuses on capturing the sensory effects of a scene rather than the details. Monet’s genre of choice for this canvas is cityscape, and it is part of a wider series of paintings that depict the iconic Houses of Parliament in various atmospheric conditions and times of day.

The artwork presents a mesmerizing view of the Houses of Parliament in London shrouded in a luminous mist. The brushstrokes are loose and expressive, typical of Monet’s style, allowing the viewer to perceive the interplay of light and color rather than precise architectural details. Shades of purple and blue dominate the composition, conveying a sense of the early or late hours of the day when sunlight transforms the visual mood of the scene. The reflection of light on the water adds a dynamic texture and enhances the overall impression of a fleeting, ephemeral moment captured on canvas. Faint outlines of the parliament buildings rise into a sky awash with pinkish hues, suggesting the impact of the sunlight piercing through an atmospheric haze. Monet’s skillful use of color and light in this work exemplifies why he is considered a master of the Impressionist movement.

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