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Venice 2014

Introduction

Monet, San Giorgio Maggiore

          In the year 1908, Claude Monet took a trip to Venice which lasted a little over two months. During this visit he made about forty paintings, all of which varied in completion. In a manner that was untraditional for the classic Impressionist, he did not finish the paintings at Venice, but instead completed them from memory at his studio at Giverny. Although Monet knew about the myth of Venice, he spoke about how he had no sentimental interest in the subjects he painted, and instead he was more concerned with capturing the feeling of the city. His paintings of Venice were not ready for exhibition until 1912 and even after years of recreating those views from memory, he was lauded for capturing that city which seems to float on water. In the landscapes of Venice, Monet did not think it mattered what he painted; however, this study of Monet's paintings of the city indicates that architecture was critical to Monet in depicting the atmosphere of Venice.