Claude Monet’s Waterloo Bridge returns to The Savoy
London, December 12, 2011
Pastel drawn from The Savoy in 1901 goes on display to hotel guests
Waterloo Bridge, sketched by Claude Monet in January 1901 The Savoy will return to the hotel over 110 years after it was drawn. Press and invited guests will be invited to the Monet Suite to share the unique opportunity to view the picture and the view that inspired it.
From Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th December, the picture will then be on display to hotel guests in The Savoy Museum. Guests will be able to enjoy cocktails while viewing the pastel and a small accompanying exhibition. Waterloo Bridge is one of only 26 pastels of the River Thames known to have survived from Monet’s stays at The Savoy and the only example not in a museum collection. The work is on loan from Trinity House Paintings, an international art dealership who specialise in Impressionist works, and is currently available to purchase from their gallery (price on application).
Kiaran MacDonald, General Manger of The Savoy commented “Since opening in 1889, The Savoy has played host to numerous artists such as Whistler and Picasso. However Monet’s views of The Thames are without doubt the most celebrated works of art associated with The Savoy. We are delighted that Trinity House Paintings have loaned the work and I am sure Monet would be delighted to see the work return to his suite at The Savoy, whose views so inspired him.”
Monet arrived in London in January 1901 and stayed (as he always did) at The Savoy. From his rooms, he enjoyed panoramic views over the Thames with Charing Cross Bridge to the right and and Waterloo Bridge to the left. He intended to paint the Thames in oil on canvas, however, frustratingly for Monet and fortunately for today’s collectors, his paints, brushes and canvases did not arrive. He found himself, unable to work. In despair he wrote to his wife Alice and complained his luggage was missing and he resorted to working at "many pastels" describing them as being "like exercises" preparing him for the task ahead. A week after his arrival in London his artist’s materials arrived and he conceded that things had gone well; "It is thanks to my promptly made pastels that I saw what I had to do."
Simon Shore, director of Trinity House Paintings, added “it is a real privilege to be able to show the pastel at The Savoy where it was originally executed and particularly after its recent restoration. Monet’s pastel sketch of London’s Waterloo Bridge has an important place in the story of Impressionist art. Monet loved London, its changing weather and atmospheric fogs”.
In a 1900 letter to his wife Alice, Monet writes ‘When I got up I was terrified to see that there was no fog, not even the shadow of a fog. I was devastated…but little by little the smoke and fog returned’. In a letter from the same year on The Savoy writing paper (now owned by an investment company and locked in a bank vault for the foreseeable future), Monet goes so far as to say ‘London would be quite ugly if it was not for the fog’.
Notes to the Editor:
A British icon since 1889, The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel reopened last year on 10.10.10 after one of the most ambitious restorations in British history. The hotel seamlessly blends elements of the original and the new while the stunning English Edwardian and Art Deco interiors sparkle with timeless elegance and glamour. The 268 guestrooms and suites are the last word in style, luxury and discreet technology with stunning views of London and the River Thames. Nine ‘personality suites’ have been styled after some of The Savoy’s most high profile guests, including Claude Monet, while a newly created 2-bedroom Royal Suite is truly a suite fit for a King.
Trinity House Paintings is an international art dealership specialising in Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern British and 19th century works, based in New York, London and Gloucestershire. Their services extend beyond the usual gallery realms from sourcing fine art and selling on consignment to conducting valuations, conservation and framing to offer a fully integrated service to ensure customer satisfaction. www.trinityhousepaintings.com
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