Monet painted this view of the Thames when he moved to London with his wife and child during the Franco-Prussian war to avoid conscription. By painting a view of the river and Embankment looking towards the Palace of Westminster, Monet captures the way that the light diffuses through the spring mist, bringing a sense of calm to the busy river scene.
The Thames Below Westminster
Date of work
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.