Places you can visit from Monet's paintings in France
Monet got the authorisation to paint inside the train station and started 7 versions of the train station: some feel warm, others are very foggy, some full of steam due to the departing trains…. And was actually satisfied with the result because he presented them to the Impressionists Salon in 1877.
The war started a year later and the happy and frivolous behaviour of the Parisian disappeared.
Monet came to be in Rouen in 1892 to settle an inheritance case with his brother in Rouen. He takes a room at Number 31, Place de la cathédrale, just in front of the Cathedral (above the tourist office). He had a fantastic view of the Cathedral and he was just drawn to it decided to paint the cathedral because of the reflections created on the stone depending on the hour of the day.
His determinations to finish this series makes him stay much longer than he originally intended. He moved house and the views of the cathedral are painted from N81(now 47) Rue du Grand-Pont and he was still living there in 93. He finally went home to Giverny and finished them in the comfort of his workshop in Giverny. He finishes his series in 94. The cathedral is the series that made him a relatively wealthy man: He sold each of his 20 painting 12000frcs or 2000€ ! How to get there: Take the train from the Gare St Lazare in Paris.
Le Havre harbour. Monet’s first controversial painting is called Impression sunrise. It is very difficult to locate where the painted was done exactly but it was apparently done in the harbour and it barely took him a few hours to complete it. The idea was to best render the atmosphere in Le Havre’s harbour located on the opposite side of Honfleur, on the mouth of the river Seine.
GIVERNY,Home to Monet's house and gardens.
How to get there: 45 mins from Gare St Lazare. You have trains every hour and a shuttle is available from the train station. Where to see the paintings: The Orangerie is home to the impressive Waterlilies panels.
LONDON, Charing Cross bridge. Monet was fascinated by the fog you could see in London along the Thames river in the 1890s. From his bedroom, at the Savoy hotel, he painted 2 bridges: Waterloo and Charing Cross Bridge which actually represents the Hungerford Bridge, now a railway bridge and a pedestrian bridge linking the Embankment to the south bank.
What is interesting is the prescision on the paintings when it comes to the position of the sun and the density of the fog. The fog in Victorian times was mostly due to the pollution coming from the factories.
House of Parliament. Monet was very interested in the Parliament built by Barry and Pugin between 1838 and 1868 in the gothic revival style. At the time it was a very modern topic. He remembers the light from his first stay during the war in 1870/71 and he stays there in 1899,19000,1901 to work on 3 monuments: Waterloo Bridge, Charing Cross Bridge and the Parliament. The result is breathtaking! There are 19 paintings of the Parliaments known to the public. 2 are in France: One at the Orsay museum and the other one in Lille at the Palais des Beaux–arts (the fine art museum).
And as always....don't forget to be curious!