The fascination of morning light
Le Portail (Effet du matin) (Portal (Morning))is one of 28 paintings by Claude Monet of the west façade of Rouen Cathedral. This series is an illuminating example of the way that Monet worked. He completed the pictures in his Giverny studio and transformed them into an overall vision of light and color. The concept of the series remains just as potent in the work of artists today. Monet’s Rouen Cathedral paintings took a step beyond Impressionism even in his own era. The high quality of the reproduction means that the painter’s atmospheric handling of oils can be clearly appreciated in the poster.