Claude Monet


The Grand Canal

Venice Venise, le Grand Canal, 1908

Oil on canvas, 29"x 36"

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Gift of Osgood Hooker

Houses of Parliament

Sunset Le Parlement, coucher de soleil, 1904

Oil on canvas 32"x36"

Kunsthaus Zčrich

Donation from Walter Haefner


"One cannot come to Venice," Monet said, "without wanting to return." With his wife Alice, he visited the floating city in 1908, painting feverishly every day from early morning until late afternoon. In his views of such celebrated subjects as the Grand Canal, Monet continued to explore colored reflections on water, emphasizing Venice's magical, moisture-laden atmosphere in which buildings lose their detail. Most of these paintings were only begun when Monet left Venice. He finished them three years later in his studio at Giverny and exhibited them in Paris to great acclaim.