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Picturing a World

Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare

In contrast to Colin Campbell Cooper’s painting of New York’s Grand Central Station, discussed in my previous post, the ground-level vantage point of Monet’s painting helped me imagine the Saint-Lazare train station as Jeanette and Effie experienced it upon their arrival in Paris.

It is one of many images discussed in an exhibition catalogue that I found tremendously informative when I was first researching Where the Light Falls. The 1998 exhibition was Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare. I happily bought the book when I discovered it, but it and many other catalogues from the National Gallery's backlist are available for free download. To see the full list, click here. Thank you, Uncle Sam!

For the Musée d’Orsay’s write-up of Monet’s painting, click here.
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