The Houses of Parliament from Westminster Bridge

The Houses of Parliament from Westminster Bridge

1906

André Derain

(French, 1880-1954)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 106 x 124.5 x 10 cm (41 3/4 x 49 x 3 15/16 in.); Unframed: 73.6 x 92 cm (29 x 36 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1983.67

Fun Fact

Derain painted this view of Parliament over a century ago, but you can still stand on Westminster Bridge and see the same vista. Here Derain used bright colors to heighten the intensity of the scene. Why do you think he painted the buildings in vibrant reds and yellows?

Description

This painting is one of several views Derain painted of London between 1905 and 1906. Among Derain's finest works, these paintings are classic statements of mature Fauvism, a style of intense, arbitrary color and violent brushwork, first developed around 1904 by Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, and Henri Matisse. The Fauves (wild beasts) aimed for the complete liberation of color from natural appearances, using it instead for purely compositional and expressive purposes.

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