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Rouen Cathedral: Setting Sun

MONET, Claude (1840 - 1926)

Rouen Cathedral: Setting Sun

Date: 1892-4

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 100.0 x 65.0 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2482

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

Working from the window of a milliner's shop overlooking its façade, Monet began his series of over thirty views of Rouen Cathedral in February 1892. He returned in February 1893 and completed it at Giverny in 1893-94. This painting of the cathedral viewed by the light of the setting sun is one of twenty Cathédrales exhibited to immense critical success at Paris in 1895. As a record of the ways in which light transforms the appearance of a motif, the series nears the limits of 'scientific' Impressionism. The 1890s were a decade of nationalist revival in France and Monet's choice of a great French mediaeval monument in the city where Joan of Arc was martyred implies a consciously patriotic purpose. The unusual frame of this painting, with historicising pilasters and the inscription Cl. Monet in gothic letters, suggests that a previous owner perceived it as a nationalist symbol as well as a dispassionate record of light effects. Gwendoline Davies purchased this work at Paris in December 1917.


Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
8 June 2018, 14:37

Hi Scott

Thank you for your enquiry. I've dropped you a line via email as this work does not appear to be in our Print on Demand section.

Best wishes

Digital Team

7 June 2018, 02:40
Visiting the London National Gallery exhibition Monet and Architecture at present. I have seen quite a number of Monet's Rouen Cathedral paintings including at the retrospective in Paris a few years ago, and in the current exhibition in London but this one is really exciting, overwhelming. Have never seen this wonderful painting before. Is it possible to buy/order a print of it, obviously with a contribution to your good gallery which I hope to visit on another visit to the UK.
With Thanks and Best Wishes, Scott (Downunder)
Amgueddfa Cymru
16 August 2016, 13:27

Dear Amber, thank you for your comment.
Yes this work by Monet is currently on display in our French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism Gallery (Gallery 16 on the visitor map).
We look forward to welcoming you to National Museum Cardiff and wish you an enjoyable visit.

Digital Team
Amgueddfa Cymru

16 August 2016, 08:56
I'm planning to come to the museum sometime next week specifically to see this piece, will it be on display? Many thanks
1 May 2013, 22:40
Please do you know if Monet. Actually ever painted on glass. Thank you
Amgueddfa Cymru Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
20 September 2010, 15:51

Thank you for your enquiry. Rouen Cathedral will form part of the new gallery displays that open on 30th September 2010. The work is not due to go out on loan in the next year at this point but it is always best to check closer to the date of your visit.

Laszlo Gyermek
20 September 2010, 15:11
Is MOnet's Cathedral presently on loan to Rouen. where a major Monet exhibit is run til teh end of September. I plan to visit Cardiff about a year from now. Is this masterpiece usually on display ?

Thank for answering my inquiry

Dr Laszlo Gyermek EM :
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