Claude Monet
(Paris, 1840-1926, Giverny)
Waterloo Bridge, ca. 1899/1901
Oil on canvas, 65 x 100 cm
Signed lower left: Claude Monet
Wildenstein 1593
From Giverny Monet undertook many journeys to London, which were significant for his work. He had already been to England, during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71, and his encounter then with the work of Turner had been decisive. No one before Turner had seen the landscape so much modified by atmospheric fluctuations, and so to see it now became Monet’s own purpose. Between 1899 and 1904 Monet painted in London series of paintings, thereby capturing the Houses of Parliament, the Thames and the bridges leading over the river - as is the case in the picture of the Bührle Collection.