Monet in England

30 Jun, 2024 750 Painting

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work of the great French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926) in London, initially in 1870 and then from 1899. He spent his first visit in poverty, escaping from war in France, while by the second he had become so commercially successful that he stayed at the Savoy Hotel. There, from his balcony, he began a series of almost a hundred paintings that captured the essence of this dynamic city at that time, with fog and smoke almost obscuring the bridges, boats and Houses of Parliament. The pollution was terrible for health but the diffraction through the sooty droplets offered an ever-changing light that captivated Monet, and he was to paint the Thames more than he did his water lilies or haystacks or Rouen Cathedral. On his return to France, Monet appeared to have a new confidence to explore an art that was more abstract than impressionist.

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  • Karen Serres No other episodes
    Senior Curator of Paintings at the Courtauld Gallery, London
  • Frances Fowle 2 episodes
    Professor of Nineteenth-Century Art at the University of Edinburgh and Senior Curator of French Art at the National Galleries of Scotland
  • Jackie Wullschlager No other episodes
    Chief Art Critic for the Financial Times

Reading list

  • Impressionists in London: French Artists in Exile 1870-1904
    Caroline Corbeau Parsons (Tate Publishing, 2017) Google Books →
  • Monet and French Landscape: Vetheuil and Normandy
    Frances Fowle (National Galleries of Scotland, 2007) Google Books →
  • Monet
    Robert Gordon and Andrew Forge (Harry N. Abrams, 1983) Google Books →
  • Monet in the '90s: The Series Paintings
    Paul Hayes Tucker (Yale University Press, 1990) Google Books →
  • Monet in the 20th Century
    Paul Hayes Tucker (Yale University Press, 1998) Google Books →
  • Turner, Whistler, Monet
    Katharine A. Lochnan (Tate Publishing, 2005) Google Books →
  • Monet and the Thames: Paintings and Modern Views of Monet's London
    Nicholas Reed (Lilburne Press, 1998) Google Books →
  • Monet in London
    Grace Seiberling (High Museum of Art, 1988) Google Books →
  • Monet and London: Views of the Thames
    Karen Serres, Frances Fowle and Jennifer A. Thompson (Paul Holberton Publishing, 2024)
  • Monet: A Retrospective
    Charles Stuckey (Random House, 1985) Google Books →
  • Monet: The Triumph of Impressionism
    Daniel Wildenstein (Taschen, 2022) Google Books →
  • Monet: The Restless Vision
    Jackie Wullschlager (Allen Lane, 2023) Google Books →

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