Saint-Lazare Station (1877) by Claude Monet

Saint-Lazare Station - Claude Monet - 1877

Artwork Information

TitleSaint-Lazare Station
ArtistClaude Monet
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions54.3 x 73.6 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationNational Gallery, London

About Saint-Lazare Station

The artwork “Saint-Lazare Station” was created by Claude Monet in 1877 and showcases his impressionistic approach to painting. It is an oil on canvas that depicts a cityscape genre and is part of the “Saint-Lazare Station” series. The artwork’s dimensions are 54.3 x 73.6 cm and it is housed at the National Gallery in London, a testament to its significance in the art movement of Impressionism.

In the artwork, one can perceive a bustling atmosphere of the Saint-Lazare Station in Paris, captured with a masterful application of light and shadow. The scene is imbued with the energy of modern urban life during Monet’s era. Swaths of color and brisk brushstrokes give the sense of movement and vitality. Plumes of steam rise from the locomotives, blending with the light filtering through the station’s roof and generating a dreamlike quality characteristic of Monet’s work. Human figures appear as fleeting presences, mingling between the shadows of the trains and the architecture of the station. Monet’s interest in industrial progress and its intersection with natural light is evident in this depiction, where the man-made and the elemental coalesce, creating a snapshot of contemporary life through the lens of impressionist art.

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