Monet’s Rouen Cathedral. When I first saw this, I thought, wow that cathedral looks so squishy……
Monet created over thirty paintings of the front façade of the Rouen Cathedral. Most are located in museums in France and Germany, but one, also from 1894 but not that which you see above, is on display at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where I saw it this weekend. I prefer this painting to the one I saw in person at the Getty because it is painted with a brighter color pallet, reflecting the more enjoyable time of day at which Monet painted it.
Edgar Degas, The Tub, c. 1886
Severe lighting and the awkward angle at which the woman in this painting is rendered portray bathing, usually an activity of warmth and comfort, to one of discomfort and isolation. Naked and faced away from the viewer, the woman appears quite vulnerable.