Saint-Lazare Station, Exterior (1877) by Claude Monet

Saint-Lazare Station, Exterior - Claude Monet - 1877

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TitleSaint-Lazare Station, Exterior
ArtistClaude Monet
Art MovementImpressionism

About Saint-Lazare Station, Exterior

The artwork “Saint-Lazare Station, Exterior” by Claude Monet was created in 1877. As an exemplification of the Impressionism movement, the artwork belongs to the genre of cityscape and forms part of the “Saint-Lazare Station” series, a sequence of paintings in which Monet captured the bustling energy and modernity of Paris’s train stations.

This painting presents the viewer with a scene vibrantly alive with movement, a hallmark feature of Monet’s impressionist sensibilities. The brushwork is loose and rapid, suggesting the transient nature of the situation — the ephemeral play of light and shadow, the steam and smoke blurring forms and details. In the foreground, we observe hints of human figures, minimally detailed yet contributing to the atmosphere of fleeting moments and hurried passage. The sky above, rendered in a whirl of white and blue, is obscured by billowing steam from the locomotives below, capturing the industrial vigor of the era. Robust vertical elements like lampposts punctuate the composition, stark against the softened backdrop, while semaphore signals add touches of color to the otherwise neutral palette. Overall, the artwork encapsulates the dynamism of urban life in the late 19th century, infusing the modern landscape with a sense of atmospheric depth and effervescent light.

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