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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Gare Saint Lazare

Monet

1877

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The Gare Saint Lazare is typical of Impressionism.

After Women in the Garden, Monet spent years in the countryside, improving his technique, trying to capture the beauty of natural light.

On his return to Paris, he applied the same style to represent iconic parts of the city.

The 1870s were particularly tumultuous years.

Baron Haussmann and Napoleon III had initiated a program of vast transformations to the city.

Streets were being redrawn, and new monuments, parks, railways were being built.

The Gare Saint Lazare was an impressive feat of engineering, bustling with modern activity.

Monet painted a series of 12 portraits of the station - emphasising how the light shifted during the day.