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The Thames below Westminster

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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Monet was captivated by London’s fog during his first stay in the capital from 1870 to 1871. Later in life he told the art dealer Rene Gimpel: ‘Without the fog, London would not be a beautiful city. It’s the fog that gives it its magnificent breadth.’ This misty composition is anchored by carefully positioned horizontal and vertical structures – the jetty in the foreground, Westminster Bridge marking the horizon, and the Houses of Parliament.

The National Gallery, London

London

Title

The Thames below Westminster

Date

about 1871

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 47 x W 73 cm

Accession number

NG6399

Acquisition method

Bequeathed by Lord Astor of Hever, 1971

Work type

Painting

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