San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk, 1908 by Claude Monet
San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk (also known as Sunset in Venice) is an oil painting by Claude Monet that was painted in 1908. The painting is owned by National Museum Cardiff, the national art gallery of Wales.The original painting is oil on canvas and the dimension is 65.2 cm × 92.4 cm (25.7 in × 36.4 in).
The term “impression” signifies the sensory information registered on the retina prior to any recognition of the object. For example, the eye sees tiny black spots before it recognizes them as faraway pedestrians. ”When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field or whatever” Monet explained to a neighbor in Giverny, “merely think here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you your own naïve impression of the scene before you”.
He later claimed that he wished he might share the experience of a blind person suddenly granted the power of sight.
San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk is a prime example from this impressionist. Also occasionally referred to as Dusk in Venice or Sunset in Venice, was painted in the autumn of 1908 in Venice where Monet and his wife Alice had traveled by their own chauffeur-driven car. They stayed first at the Palazzo Barbaro and later at the Hotel Brittania. It was here that he created this masterpiece.
The period which Monet created this riverscape or seascape painting was when he began losing his eyesight from gray cataracts. Much like many other painters who were afflicted with pain or disease, suffering seemed to provoke him to do his greatest work. The vibrant blue, yellow, and red colors were used by Monet to depict the sunset in Venice. Across the lagoon we see San Giorgio Maggiore, a famous island church in Venice, Italy.