Painted more than twenty years before Monet’s Houses of Paliament
series, Guiseppe de Nittis’ depiction of the same subject also features the heavy fog that was characteristic of London’s climate. The red haze of the sky and river mingles with the smoke of Thames workers standing on the bridge in the foreground, conveying a palpably stifling atmosphere.
Giuseppe de Nittis
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 110 × 195 cm Private collection
Giuseppe de Nittis (1846 –1884) was an Italian painter, who worked in both Salon and Impressionist style, and working mainly in paints and pastels, a medium he helped to popularise. Despite being expelled from the Instituto di Belle Arti in Naples in 1863 for insubordination, he went on to become one of the most important Italian artists for the nineteenth century. He lived predominantly in Paris, and was awarded the Légion d’honneur in 1878.