Monet’s second stay in London was quite different to his first. A considerably wealthier man, Monet stayed at the Savoy during his 1899, 1900 and 1901 visits to the capital, not far from the bright lights and activity of Leicester Square. With rapid brushstrokes and vivid colour, Monet captured the square’s bustling atmosphere.
Leicester Square at Night
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 80 × 64.8 cm Collection Fondation Jean et Suzanne Planque, deposited at the Musée Granet (Aix-en- Provence)
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.