Not just natural paradises, gardens and ponds - Claude Monet was fascinated by city landscapes as much as those of the countryside. The bridges of London, the streets of Paris, the churches of Normandy and the buildings of Venice were, with a brushstroke, ready to be transformed into theatres of light. The relationship that the father of Impressionism had with architecture is at the centre of the exhibition on display at the National Gallery. Almost 80 paintings, many of which have rarely been displayed, show the work of Monet from a different point of view. The Village and the Picturesque, The City and the Modern, The Monument and the Mystery are the stops on an itinerary of ancient and contemporary buildings, some humble, some grandiose. In all cases, however, it is the capacity of Monet to transform reality into something enchanting through his amazing use of colour: “Other painters paint a bridge, a house, a boat. I want to paint the air that surrounds the bridge, the house and the boat, the beauty of the light in which they exist,” the artist wrote. On display, for the first time together, the two paintings of the House of Vétheuil. Also, the Canal Grande in Venice, the splendour of the Mediterranean in the View of Bordighera, the remarkable Houses of Parliament at sundown and in the fog, the Paris of Rue Montorgueil bursting with life during a holiday.