Claude Monet’s painting “La Cathedrale De Rouen, Le Portail, Temps Gris” depicts the west portal of the Rouen Cathedral in France during dull weather. Created in 1894 using oil on canvas, this piece is part of Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series where he captures the facade of the cathedral at different times of day and year. His interest in how light and atmospheric conditions can change the appearance of a subject is evident in this work.
The painting showcases Monet’s impressionistic style, with loose brushstrokes creating an ethereal quality to the image. The hazy grey atmosphere gives an almost dream-like feel to the scene as different shades are blended together. The cathedral itself stands tall and majestic but appears almost translucent as it emerges from the misty background.
This particular piece can be found in various art museums’ collections around the world, including Paris’ Musée d’Orsay and Washington DC’s West Building – National Gallery of Art. Monet’s fascination with light and color is brilliantly captured in “La Cathedrale De Rouen,” making it an excellent example for studying Impressionism art or understanding how weather conditions can impact perception.