Fri 5 December 2008, The Independent

Great Works: Rouen Cathedral: The Portal, Grey Weather (1892) by Claude Monet

By Tom Lubbock
Fog and art: around 1900, they went hand in hand. Oscar Wilde took fog as proof that art can alter our perceptions. "Where, if not from the Impressionists, do we get those wonderful brown fogs that come creeping down our streets...? There may have been fogs for centuries in London. I daresay there were. But no one saw them, and so we do not know anything about them. They did not exist till Art had invented them."
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