The Portal Of Rouen Cathedral In Morning Light Analysis

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The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light Claude Monet’s The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light is one of a series of thirty paintings of the Rouen Cathedral that Monet produced from 1892-1894 (Harris, Beth, and Steven Zucker. “Monet, Rouen Cathedral Series.”). The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light was acquired by The J. Paul Getty museum in 2001 and is on display as a part of their permanent exhibit on Impressionism in The Getty Center (“The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light (Getty Museum).” The J. Paul Getty Museum). The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light exemplifies the Impressionist movement by making the representation of light and atmosphere of greater importance than representation of the ostensible subject, Rouen Cathedral. Monet does this through loose brushwork, limited value, and careful use of color to communicate form. The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light is large but not overwhelmingly so at 100.3 × 65.1 cm. It is an oil on canvas depiction of the Gothic cathedral of Rouen, a small town in Normandy, France. The painting is in portrait orientation with an …show more content…
What Monet depicts in The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light is the atmosphere of dawn, and representation of the cathedral, with it’s harsh edges and fine detail, becomes both secondary and contradictory to communicating the softness of morning light. This treatment references the historical origins of Gothic architecture, specifically the use of color and light in church interiors via stained glass. In this culmination of the Impressionist tradition (The Art Story), Monet both emphasizes the fleeting and ephemeral nature of light, juxtaposes it with the harsh weightiness of stone, and marries the opposing nature of the two in

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