De Nittis’s foggy Westminster

The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile is a fascinating insight into how London was perceived by the visiting French artists between 1870 and 1904. The remarkable works that came from their time here are not to be missed.

This exhibition will provide an unparalleled opportunity to view one of the most extraordinary masterpiece by Giuseppe De Nittis still in a private collection: Westminster (1878). Painted more than twenty years before Monet’s Houses of Paliament series, the red haze of the sky and river mingles with the smoke of Thames workers standing on the bridge in the foreground perfeclty ceonveys a palpably stifling atmosphere.

De Nittis, who spent much of his life in France, was able to represent a wide range of weather conditions, allowing him to paint London fogs – as in this painting – and Italian sunshine with equal success. Go and stare at an absolute beauty rarely put on public display.

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