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Rouen Cathedral: Setting Sun

MONET, Claude (1840 - 1926)

[image: Rouen Cathedral: Setting Sun]

Date: 1892-4

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 100.0 x 65.0 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2482

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

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Working from the window of a milliner's shop overlooking its façade, Monet began his series of over thirty views of Rouen Cathedral in February 1892. He returned in February 1893 and completed it at Giverny in 1893-94. This painting of the cathedral viewed by the light of the setting sun is one of twenty Cathédrales exhibited to immense critical success at Paris in 1895. As a record of the ways in which light transforms the appearance of a motif, the series nears the limits of 'scientific' Impressionism. The 1890s were a decade of nationalist revival in France and Monet's choice of a great French mediaeval monument in the city where Joan of Arc was martyred implies a consciously patriotic purpose. The unusual frame of this painting, with historicising pilasters and the inscription Cl. Monet in gothic letters, suggests that a previous owner perceived it as a nationalist symbol as well as a dispassionate record of light effects. Gwendoline Davies purchased this work at Paris in December 1917.

This work is currently on display.

3 comments

Ritamartin] on 1 May 2013, 22:40

Please do you know if Monet. Actually ever painted on glass. Thank you

Amgueddfa Cymru on 20 September 2010, 15:51

Thank you for your enquiry. Rouen Cathedral will form part of the new gallery displays that open on 30th September 2010. The work is not due to go out on loan in the next year at this point but it is always best to check closer to the date of your visit.

Laszlo Gyermek on 20 September 2010, 15:11

Is MOnet's Cathedral presently on loan to Rouen. where a major Monet exhibit is run til teh end of September. I plan to visit Cardiff about a year from now. Is this masterpiece usually on display ?

Thank for answering my inquiry

Dr Laszlo Gyermek EM : laslogy3@gmail.com

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