About This Artwork

Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

Waterloo Bridge, Sunlight Effect, 1903

Oil on canvas
65.7 x 101 cm (25 7/8 x 39 3/4 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1163

Wildenstein, Claude Monet, cat rais. 1996 1586; Wildenstein, Claude Monet, biographie et catalogue raisonné, 1979 1586

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by Claude Monet in museum’s collection; entries feature interactive and layered high-resolution imaging, previously unpublished technical photographs, archival materials, and documentation relating to each artwork.

If not for the fog, Claude Monet once remarked, “London wouldn’t be a beautiful city. It’s the fog that gives it its magnificent breadth.” While working on his London series, he rose early every day to paint Waterloo Bridge in the morning, moving on to Charing Cross Bridge at midday and in the afternoon. He observed both motifs from his fifth-floor window at the Savoy Hotel. The Art Institute’s two Waterloo Bridge paintings are dated 1900 and 1903, but both were likely begun in 1900 and dated only when Monet felt that they were finished. He worked on all of his London paintings in his studio in Giverny, refusing to send any of them to his dealer until he was satisfied with them as an ensemble.

— Permanent collection label

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