- Author: Claude Monet
- Museum: National Gallery (London)
- Year: 1877 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
Station Saint-Lazar - Claude Oscar Monet. 1877. Oil on canvas. 54.3 x73.6
Claude Monet (1840-1926) - an outstanding French painter, the main figure of impressionism.
Returning from London, where Monet was forced to leave after the tragic events of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-1871, he settled near Paris, on the banks of the Seine. In January 1877, the artist returned to a small apartment and studio close to station in Saint-Lazare. Unexpectedly, this industrial area became the theme of several paintings. At the Fourth Impressionist Exhibition, which opened in Paris in April of the same year, he presented seven works on the topic ... of the railway station.
It seemed, what can be common between impressionism and locomotives at the station? It turns out (Monet showed it in a miraculous way), the most prosaic things can contain amazing poetry. Consequently, everything depends not on the object of the image, but on the subject writing it, not on what is chosen for the image, but on who looks at it and how it embodies. It is noteworthy that almost at the same time, another great creator - J. Bizet - wrote the opera "Carmen", the scene of which turned out to be ... a tobacco factory.
It must be admitted that the locomotives in these paintings by Monet do not look like monsters, but, one can say, gracefully, although everyone at that time was captured by the feeling of power, power and speed of these gigantic machines. Not by chance, one of the early works - W. Turner's painting "Rain, Steam and Speed" - was also inspired by this image and range of thoughts. Nevertheless, both in the days of Turner and under Monet, society believed that this topic was far from art. After a century and a half, the viewer is probably more able to evaluate their artistic value than the contemporaries of the master.
Other paintings by Claude Monet
Terrace in Saint Andresse
Lady in the garden of Saint Andress
Haystack near Giverny
The house of the customs officer in Varangeville
Basile and Camilla
Seine shore. Vetoy
A corner of the garden in Montgeron
Breakfast on the grass
Women in the garden
Houses of Parliament in London
Lady with umbrella
Haystack at Giverny
Pond with water lilies
Artist's Garden in Giverny
Watch the video: Painting modern life: Monet's Gare Saint-Lazare (April 2020).