OIL PAINTING: Houses of Parliament, Seagulls , 1900
In 1871 Monet went to the English coast to avoid enlistment. He brought back with him some landscapes, and especially the
desire to return there to paint the fog effects on the Thames.
In 1899, he embarked upon three consecutive trips to London. Almost one hundred works by Monet are devoted to it. The Houses of Parliament, Charing Cress Bridge and Waterloo Bridge are three pictures for a single purpose: to paint the transparency and the lightness of the fog pierced by the sun's rays as it enveloped the monuments, dissolving their outlines.