Audio Stop 162
Rouen Cathedral, West Façade, 1894
West Building, Main Floor - Gallery 80
In February 1892, Claude Monet undertook the first of three expeditions to Rouen to paint a series of works focusing on the city’s cathedral, renting a room across from the building to serve as his studio. It was not the cathedral itself that fascinated Monet, but rather the challenge of capturing the subtle and varied effects of the weather and time of day on the unchanging motif of the Gothic facade. Over the course of nearly two years he painted a total of 30 canvases, 28 of which depict the western portal. Rouen Cathedral is the most ambitious of any series that Monet produced during the 1890s.