Early in 1892, Claude Monet rented a small apartment in Rouen opposite the French town's medieval cathedral. Built over the span of four centuries -- from the 12th through the 16th -- the ancient structure provided the subject for his new series.
He first set up his easel in the square but wrote to his wife Alice that the souvenir seller asked him to move, fearing he would drive away customers. Monet painted The Portal, Harmony in Brown (1892) as a straightforward view of the portal from his apartment window.
Rouen Cathedral, Morning Sun, Blue Harmony by Claude Monet was part of a series that was declared a revolution in painting. See Monet's Rouen Cathedral, Morning Sun, Blue Harmony.