San Giorgio Maggiore 2 (1908) by Claude Monet

San Giorgio Maggiore 2 - Claude Monet - 1908

Artwork Information

TitleSan Giorgio Maggiore 2
ArtistClaude Monet
Art MovementImpressionism

About San Giorgio Maggiore 2

The artwork titled “San Giorgio Maggiore 2” is a distinguished piece by the illustrious artist Claude Monet, dating back to the year 1908. This exemplar of the cityscape genre is ennobled by its execution within the Impressionist art movement, a testament to Monet’s mastery in capturing the ephemeral qualities of light and atmosphere.

The painting itself depicts a serene view of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice at what appears to be either dawn or dusk, the sky flushed with warm, muted tones. The silhouette of the church and campanile of San Giorgio Maggiore emerges through a hazy, softly lit backdrop, the edges softened and blending into the sky, showcasing Monet’s deft handling of natural light and reflection. Calm waters in the foreground, textured with strokes of blues, purples, and oranges, gently rock the gondolas and boats that are sparingly hinted at—a feature that underscores the tranquillity of the scene. Monet’s brushwork is loose and seemingly spontaneous, a hallmark of Impressionism, where the emphasis is placed on the overall effect of light and color over precise detail, inviting the viewer to experience the ambiance of the scene rather than the specifics. The artwork captures a fleeting moment with a dreamlike quality, embodying the Impressionist interest in the interplay between light, water, and architecture.

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