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.
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.
Bryson Burroughs. Loan Exhibition of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings. Exh. cat., New York, 1921, cat. no. 39, p. 10.
Joseph Brummer. Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by André Derain. Exh. cat., New York, 1922, cat. no. 20.
Forbes Watson. John Quinn, 1870-1925, Collection of Paintings, Water Colors, Drawings & Sculpture. Huntington, N.Y., 1926, p. 8.
National Alliance of Art and Industry. Memorial exhibition of representative works selected from the John Quinn Collection. Exh. cat., New York, 1926, cat. no. 82.
With texts by Albert C. Barnes With texts by Étienne Bignou. Paintings from the Ambroise Vollard Collection: XIX-XX Centuries. Exh. cat., New York, 1933, cat. no. 20.
John Rewald. Les Fauves. Exh. cat., New York, 1952, cat. no. 34, p. 45.
Charles Sterling, With the assistance of Olga Raggio, With the assistance of Michel Laclotte, In collaboration with Sylvie Béguin. Exposition de la collection Lehman de New York. Exh. cat., Paris, 1957, cat. no. 66, pp. 52-53, pl. 43.
Anita Brookner. "Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions: Paris." Burlington Magazine, 99 (July 1957), p. 248.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paintings from Private Collections: Summer Loan Exhibition. Exh. cat., New York, 1958, cat. no. 46.
Denys Sutton. André Derain. London, 1959, pp. 17-18.
Church of Milton Ernest. The Lehman Collection, New York. Exh. cat., Cincinnati, 1959, cat. no. 186, p. 23, ill.
Georges Hilaire. Derain. Geneva, 1959, cat. no. 34, p. 191, pl. 34.
Jean Leymarie. Fauvism. Lausanne, 1959, pp. 98-99.
J.-P. Crespelle. Les Fauves. Neuchâtel, 1962, p. 354, colorpl. 32.
Pier Carlo Santini. Modern Landscape Painting. London, 1972, colorpl. 23.
George Szabo. The Robert Lehman Collection: A Guide. New York, 1975, pp. 95-96, colorpl. 107.
Harley Preston. London and the Thames: Paintings of Three Centuries. Exh. cat., London, 1977, cat. no. 110, ill.
Howard Hibbard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1980, pp. 498-99, colorpl. 902.
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Marcel Giry. Fauvism: Origins and Development. New York, 1982, pp. 125, 271, colorpl. 62.
George Szabo. Impressionism/Post-Impressionism: XIX & XX Century Paintings from the Robert Lehman Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Oklahoma City, 1983, p. 34, color ill. p. 35.
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Malcolm Warner. The Image of London: Views by Travellers and Emigrés. Exh. cat., London, 1987, cat. no. 269, p. 189, colorpl. 45 p. 94.
Ms. Judi Freeman. The Fauve Landscape. Exh. cat., New York, 1990, p. 277, fig. 293 p. 282.
James D. Herbert. "The North Revisited, Impressionism Revised." Fauve Painting: The Making of Cultural Politics. New Haven, 1992, p. 41, colorpl. 11 p. 42.
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Jean-Louis Ferrier. The Fauves: The Reign of Color. Paris, 1995, color ill. p. 68.
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Rémi Labrusse Jacqueline Munck. "Derain in London (1906-1907): Letters and a Sketchbook." Burlington Magazine. Exh. cat., April 2004, p. 259.
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Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen Barnaby Wright. André Derain: The London Paintings. Exh. cat., London, 2005, cat. no. 4, p. 78, color ill. p. 79.
With texts by Jacqueline Munck With texts by Anne Roquebert. Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde. Exh. cat., New York, 2006, cat. no. 78, pp. 120-122, 354-355, fig. 128 (color) p. 121, ill. p. 354.
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Rebecca A. Rabinow. Masterpieces of European Painting, 1800-1920, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New Haven, 2007, cat. no. 182, pp. 196-97, color ill. p. 248.
Deanna Macdonald Geoffrey Smith. 100 Best Paintings in New York. Northampton, MA, 2008, pp. 152-53, ill.
Paul Hayes Tucker. The Robert Lehman Collection: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Paintings in the Robert Lehman Collection. New York, 2009, cat. no. 73, pp. 250-57, colorpl. p. 251.