St. Paul’s Cathedral Seen from the Thames, 1906, oil on canvas, 99.1 x 80.1 cm, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA.
After the great financial success of Claude Monet’s views of the Thames River, André Derain’s dealer, Ambroise Vollard, convinced him to paint London, too. During two trips to England in 1905 and 1906, Derain made thirty views of the city. This one features Sir Christopher Wren’s famous 17th-century cathedral. Being a Fauvist painter, Derain has distilled and expressed his emotions about the subject using intensified colors and a simplified design.