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St. Germain l'Auxerrois

Claude Monet1867

Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

In 1865 the young Monet had his first works accepted by the “Salon des Beaux Arts,” the official show of art in Paris. In 1867 his works were already being refused. This was the time when Monet and his friends were developing the principles of Impressionism, a form of painting that seeks to capture the first “impression” of what the eye sees, and which disappointed the public’s preconceived notions of how things actually looked. In April 1867, Monet and Renoir had asked the board of the Louvre for permission to put up their easels in the columned passage of the Perrault Wing. Looking out from this elevated position, Monet painted three views of the city. The view towards the Gothic Church of St. Germain l’Auxerrois and the surrounding residential area depicts the solidity of the architecture, with Monet handling its intricate bulk with skill and artistry. At the same time, however, the blossoming chestnut trees and the colored daubs representing people walking about already point towards Impressionism in its maturity.

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  • Title: St. Germain l'Auxerrois
  • Creator: Claude Monet
  • Date Created: 1867
  • Physical Dimensions: w98.0 x h79.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • original title: St. Germain l'Auxerrois à Paris
  • Technique and material: Oil on canvas
  • Inv.-No.: A I 984
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-815114
  • External link: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyrights: Text: © Prestel Verlag / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Photo: © b p k - Photo Agency / Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders
  • Collection: Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Artist biography: Claude Monet was a French artist and founder of Impressionist painting in France. In 1851 he entered the art college where he was taught by Jaques-François Ochard, before meeting Eugène Bodin in 1856, who showed him how to paint in oil. Both artists were influenced by Johan Barthold Jongkind. Monet went to Paris, living there for a number of years and making frequent visits to the Louvre. During this time he got to know other young artists such as Édouard Manet. He became a pupil of Charles Gleyre and started painting outdoors with broken colour and rapid brushstrokes, in a style later known as Impressionism. When the Franco-Prussian War began in 1870, he emigrated to England where he studied the art of John Constable and others. Before returning to France in 1871 he spent several months in the Netherlands which proved a short but highly productive time. During this period he executed several paintings of modern everyday life. From 1880 on, he created a great number of landscape and seascape series, documenting the French countryside and local landscapes of his journeys to southern Europe. During World War I, Monet painted a series of weeping willow trees to pay homage to the French fallen soldiers before dying of lung cancer in 1926. Among his most famous artworks are 'Woman in a Garden' (1867), 'Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies' (1899) and 'Water Lilies' (1914–1919).
  • Artist Place of Death: Giverny, France
  • Artist Place of Birth: Paris, France
  • Artist Dates: 1840-11-14/1926-12-05

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