Visit to Monet and Architecture exhibition at the National Gallery

Houses on the Zaan

Yet another fine and warm day in our glorious summer enabled us to enjoy a relaxed day in central London. Traffic was light for our coach journey and we were dropped right outside the National Gallery’s Sainsbury Wing with plenty of time for a coffee before our visit to the Monet and Architecture exhibition.

All agreed that the exhibition was superb. Bringing together more than 75 of Monet’s paintings from right across the world, we were struck by the amount of time and effort the curators must have put in to gather the works. As well as contributions from the major galleries and museums, many works were from private collections and smaller galleries but the quality was uniformly impressive. Showing how Monet used buildings and other architectural structures such as bridges to help compose his work, the exhibition’s subject matter ranged from Normandy to London, from Paris and Rouen to Venice. The colours, dappled shade, shimmering reflections and views in changing light and atmosphere never fail to delight.

Gardener’s House at Antibes

After our visit, we had time for lunch in the gallery or further afield and then to explore more of the National Gallery, visit the National Portrait Gallery round the corner, or simply soak up the warm sunshine. We had another good journey home with our driver Brian kindly taking us on a scenic route along the north bank of the Thames before we arrived back at Grayshott nice and early.

Quai de Louvre
Snow effect