Claude Monet - Saint-Lazare Gare, Normandy Train 1877

Saint-Lazare Gare, Normandy Train 1877
Saint-Lazare Gare, Normandy Train
1877 60x80cm Oil on canvas
Art Institute of Chicago

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From the Art Institute of Chicago :
The Gare Saint-Lazare was the largest and busiest train station in Paris. Early in 1877, with help from his friend Gustave Caillebotte, Claude Monet rented an apartment in the nearby rue Moncey and began the first of 12 canvases showing this icon of modernity. He displayed seven of them, including this one, at the third Impressionist exhibition, in April of that year. Legend has it that he arranged to have the standing locomotives stoked with extra coal so that he could observe and paint the effects of belching steam—dull gray when trapped inside the station, white and cloudlike when seen against the sky.