Saturday, 16 May 2020
Gustave Greux’s etching, "Le Parlement De Londres, Soleil Couchant", 1904, after Monet
Gustave Greux (Gustave Marie Greux) (1838–1919)
"Le Parlement De Londres, Soleil Couchant" (aka “Houses of Parliament, Sunset”), 1904, after Claude Monet’s (1840–1926) 1902 painting of the same title, printed by Alfred Louis Porcabeuf (fl. 1895–1946?) and published in the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” (November, 1904) in Paris.
This view of the London’s Houses of Parliament is from Saint Thomas' Hospital across the river and features in nineteen related views by Monet executed in the early evenings (see “The Houses of Parliament, Effect of Fog” from the same series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437128?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=Charles+Louis+Kratk%c3%a9+after+Corot&offset=20&rpp=20&pos=39).
From what I understand, Monet had a very small window of time to complete his sunset paintings of the Houses of Parliament. The issue was not just the effect of fading light but also the atmosphere—the softening effect of fog and smog. Indeed, Monet wrote regarding his fears: (in translation) “I was terrified to see that all my canvases were going for naught, but then little by little, as the fires were lit, the smoke and the mist returned” (cited in Daniel Wildenstein 2013, “Monet or the Triumph of Impressionism”, Köln, Taschen, p. 345).
Etching on fine laid paper with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 18.3 x 27 cm; (plate) 14.9 x 16.7 cm; (image borderline) 12.1 x 13.8 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “Claude Monet 1902”.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Claude Monet pinx./ Gazette des Beaux-Arts”; (centre) “LE PARLEMENT DE LONDRES, SOLEIL COUCHANT/ (Collection de M. P. can der Velde, Le Háve)”; (right) “G.Greux sc./ Imp.A. Porcabeuf, Paris”.
Reference catalogue: Sanchez & Seydoux 1904–1918.
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Condition: faultless impression in near pristine condition (there is a chipped lower-left corner, otherwise there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use) with full margins as published.
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