The Houses of Parliament paintings were all painted from the same viewpoint, looking across the river from the South bank, and Monet sought to capture the quality of light during different times of the day and in different weather conditions. Fog was a prominent feature of the London climate in the 1900s, and the hazy veil it cast over the city made for a fascinating subject for the artist.
Houses of Parliament, Fog Effect
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 81 × 92 cm Le Havre, Musée d’art moderne André Malraux
Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting. The term 'Impressionism' is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant
. Monet’s Impressionist work is characterised in terms of colours and shapes rather than scenes and objects, using bright colours in dabs and dashes, and featured the same setting painted many times to capture the changing light and seasons of the natural world.