About This Artwork

Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

Houses of Parliament, London, 1900/01

Oil on canvas
81.2 x 92.8 cm (32 x 36 9/16 in.)
Inscribed at lower right: Claude Monet

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1164

This work is featured in the online catalogue Monet Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, the first volume in the Art Institute’s scholarly digital series on the Impressionist circle. The catalogue offers in-depth curatorial and technical entries on 47 artworks by Claude Monet in museum’s collection; entries feature interactive and layered high-resolution imaging, previously unpublished technical photographs, archival materials, and documentation relating to each artwork.

During his London campaigns, Claude Monet painted the Houses of Parliament in the late afternoon and at sunset from a terrace at Saint Thomas’s Hospital. This viewpoint was close to that of the English artist J. M. W. Turner in his visionary paintings of the fire that had destroyed much of the old Parliament complex in 1834. In his response to the poetry of dusk and mist, however, Monet was actually inspired by the work of a more recent painter of the Thames, the American James McNeill Whistler.

— Permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings Loaned to the Art Institute of Chicago by Martin A. Ryerson, 1925, cat. 2147.

San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor and the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, Seven Centuries of Painting, December 1939-January 1940, cat. L-132 (ill.).

Wichita, Kans., Wichita Art Museum, Three Centuries of French Painting, May 9-23, 1954, cat. 18.

Iowa City, Iowa, University of Iowa, Impressionism and Its Sources, November 1964, cat. 37 (ill.).

University of Chicago, November-December 1951.

Chicago, Remington Rand, April 1952.

London, The Arts Council of Great Britain, The Impressionists in London, January 3-March 11, 1973, cat. 28 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings by Monet, March 15-May 11, 1975, cat. 106 (ill.).

Aukland, New Zealand, Aukland City Art Gallery, Claude Monet: Painter of Light, April 9-September, 1985, cat. 33 (ill.).

Atlanta, High Museum of Art, Monet in London, October 9, 1988-January 8, 1989, cat 20 (ill.).

Fort Worth, Tex., Kimbell Museum of Art, The Impressionists: Master Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago, June 29–November 2, 2008, cat. 88 (ill.).

Publication History

Théodore Duret, Manet and the French Impressionists (London, 1910), ill. opposite p. 144.

M.C., “Monets in the Art Institute,” Bulletin of The Art Institute of Chicago Bulletin 19 (1925), pp. 20 (ill.), 21.

Anthony Bertram, Claude Monet (London and New York, 1931), pl. 20.

Women Magazine (December 1935), p. 13.

B. L. Pickens, “H.H. Richardson and Basic From Concepts in Modern Architecture,” The Art Quarterly 3 (1940), pp. 275, fig. 2, 277.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), p. 321.

Daniel Wildenstein, Claude Monet, Biographie et catalogue raisonné vol. 4 (Lausanne, 1985), pp. 184-185, no. 1600 (ill.).

Daniel Wildenstein, Claude Monet: Catalogue raisonné vol. 4 (Cologne, 1996), no. 1600 (ill.).

The Age of Impressionism at the Art Institute of Chicago (New Haven and London, 2008), cat. 88, p. 170 (ill.).

Ownership History

Rosenberg, Paris [according to Wildenstein 1996]. Durand-Ruel, New York, December 1916 [according to information on Registrar archival card, copy in curatorial file]; sold to Martin A. Ryerson (died 1932), Chicago; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1933.

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