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The Palace of Westminster

Artist:
André Derain (French, Chatou 1880–1954 Garches)
Date:
1906–1907
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
31 x 39 in. (78.7 x 99.1 cm); framed: 40 3/8 x 47.5 x 3 in. (102.5 x 121 x 7.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.168
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
In 1905 and 1906, Derain traveled to London at the
suggestion of the art dealer Ambrose Vollard to paint
the Houses of Parliament and the Thames, in changing
light. As Derain later recalled, these canvases were
inspired by Claude Monet’s own views of London,
which were painted only a few years earlier and which
had “made a very strong impression on Paris.” The
long, broken brushstrokes and bright bold colors of
the present canvas signal the influence of the Neo-
Impressionists Paul Signac and Henri-Edmond Cross,
as well as that of Henri Matisse, with whom Derain
spent the summer of 1905 in the south of France.
Signature: Signed in lower right corner: aDerain
Acquired from the artist by Ambroise Vollard, Paris; either one of the twelve paintings by Derain bought on July 6, 1906, or one of the thirty bought by the summer of 1907; one of four paintings by Derain consigned to the Carroll Galleries, New York, before June 1917; upon the dissolution of the gallery, transferred to Walter Pach, New York; sent to John Quinn, on approval, late fall 1917; acquired from Vollard through Walter Pach by John Quinn, New York, 1919; estate of John Quinn, 1924-26; Delius Gallery [Delius Giese], New York; acquired by Robert Lehman, New York, November 1948.
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