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Charing Cross Bridge (overcast day), 1900

1900
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)


Dimensions

60.6 x 91.5 cm (23 7/8 x 36 in.)

Accession Number

1978.465

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Europe

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Paintings

Coal dust combined with naturally damp weather in the 19th century to create near twilit conditions in London, even at midday. Seated on the balcony of his hotel room overlooking the Thames, Monet produced thirty-five views of Charing Cross Bridge in September of 1899, using the city’s polluted atmosphere to poetic ends. Glittering reflections of yellow sunlight dapple the water through a violet fog, dissolving the bridge and distant towers of Parliament into hazy abstraction.

Inscription

Lower right: Claude Monet 1900

Provenance

October 30, 1905, sold by the artist to Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York [see note 1]; January, 1907, sold by Durand-Ruel to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Derwin Hubbard, Chicago; by descent to their daughter, Janet Hubbard (Mrs. Brooks) Stevens, Concord, MA; 1978, gift of Janet Hubbard Stevens to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 15, 1978) NOTES: [1] The provenance information given here (to 1907) was provided in a letter from Michèle Paret, Les Beaux-Arts, Paris, to Lucretia Giese of the MFA (July 28, 1970; in MFA curatorial file).

Credit Line

Given by Janet Hubbard Stevens in memory of her mother, Janet Watson Hubbard