“I cannot think of anything else but the cathedral,” Claude Monet (1840–1926) wrote to his wife in 1893, when he was obsessed with capturing in paint the constantly shifting light effects on the western façade of Rouen Cathedral (165).1 Monet produced thirty paintings of the church from 1892 through 1895. Six of these are reproduced in Richard Thomson's Monet and Architecture, the catalogue published to accompany the exhibition of the same title held at London's National Gallery in 2018. The catalogue is a vivid testimony to Monet's chromatic force in picturing the effects of architecture. His series of the Rouen Cathedral is well known, but this...

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