Gare Saint-Lazare (Monet series)  

From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search
Gare Saint-Lazare (1877) by Claude Monet
Gare Saint-Lazare (1877) by Claude Monet

Related e



After working on rural landscapes, Claude Monet returned to Paris in 1877 and made a dozen oil paintings of the Gare Saint-Lazare railway station in Paris. This was Monet's first series of paintings concentrating on a single theme.

After considering working at the Gare du Nord, he sought permission from the director of the Compagnie des Chemins de fer de l'Ouest to paint en plein air, at the Gare Saint-Lazare.

The Impressionist paintings capture the smoky interior of this Paris railway station, in varied atmospheric conditions and from various points of view. The works were in part a response to the criticism of his painting Impression, Sunrise, which was exhibited at the First Impressionist Exhibition in April 1874, and also fashionable depictions of technical progress: the modern steam train and the newly extended iron and glass train shed at the station constructed by engineer Eugène Flachat.

Eight of the paintings were exhibited at the Third Impressionist Exhibition in Paris in April 1877, where they were admired by Émile Zola, who later wrote his 1890 novel La Bête humaine about the railways.

Examples of the works are held by many public collections.

See also

Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "Gare Saint-Lazare (Monet series)" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools