San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk (1908) by Claude Monet

San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk - Claude Monet - 1908

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TitleSan Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk
ArtistClaude Monet
Dimensions92.4 x 65.2 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationNational Museum Cardiff, Cardiff, UK

About San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk

The artwork “San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk” is an oil on canvas painting by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet, completed in 1908. It exemplifies the Impressionist movement, capturing the essence of the genre with its fluid brushstrokes and vibrant play of light. The painting measures 92.4 by 65.2 centimeters and is classified as a cityscape. It currently resides at the National Museum Cardiff in Cardiff, UK.

This piece portrays the Venetian church of San Giorgio Maggiore at an enchanting time of day when the light of dusk scatters across the sky and water. Monet’s use of color is both rich and luminous, conveying the temporal effects of the setting sun. The soft orange, yellow, and blue hues blend harmoniously in the sky, which is reflected in the rippling waters below, infusing the scene with a radiant warmth.

The church and its towering campanile dominate the composition as the central focus, silhouetted against the fiery backdrop of the sunset. Monet’s signature loose brushwork is evident in his rendering of the water’s surface, giving the reflection a sense of movement and fluidity. The impressionistic style fosters a sense of immediacy, inviting the viewer to experience the scene as if from the eyes of Monet himself, capturing a fleeting moment with all the sensory richness it offered.

Overall, the artwork is not only a visual representation of a specific location; it is also an embodiment of Impressionism’s enduring fascination with light and atmosphere, and Monet’s exceptional skill in translating these elements onto canvas.

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