Object Image

The Palace of Westminster

In 1905 and 1906, Derain traveled to London at the

suggestion of the art dealer Ambrose Vollard to paint

the Houses of Parliament and the Thames, in changing

light. As Derain later recalled, these canvases were

inspired by Claude Monet’s own views of London,

which were painted only a few years earlier and which

had “made a very strong impression on Paris.” The

long, broken brushstrokes and bright bold colors of

the present canvas signal the influence of the Neo-

Impressionists Paul Signac and Henri-Edmond Cross,

as well as that of Henri Matisse, with whom Derain

spent the summer of 1905 in the south of France.

Credit: Robert Lehman Collection, 1975

1906-1907
Oil on canvas
78.7 x 99.1cm
1975.1.168
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