The sublime Waterloo Bridge by Claude Monet | Christie’s

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The monumental London Series ranks among Claude Monet’s greatest achievements. Begun in London in 1899, at the peak of his career, the series exemplifies the Impressionist artist’s uncanny ability to capture ephemeral effects — by transforming the city’s notoriously fog-filled skies into near abstractions of colour and light. Of the three motifs of Monet’s ambitious three-year painting campaign, the Waterloo Bridge series is the largest. With their expansive skies and wide stretches of rippling water and light reflections, the works are also among the series’ most visionary and expressive. In May 2021, Waterloo Bridge, effet de brouillard (1889-1903) will be offered in the newly introduced 20th Century Evening Sale in New York. Jussi Pylkkänen, Christie’s Global President, describes the work as ‘a sublime painting from the series and one of the most important London paintings to appear on the market for a generation.’ ‘Monet’s London Series marks the artist’s coming of age in the early 1900s and the move towards what we now call the great avant-garde movements of the 20th century,’ says Pylkkänen. ‘They define him as a master of harmonies of colour and a man who could transfer his visionary ambitions onto canvas.’ Learn more:
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