The Pool of London is an oil painting created in 1906 by French artist André Derain during his visit to London. Derain was part of the Les Fauves group of painters in Paris, known for their use of bold and unblended colors, and his style is clearly reflected in the work. Commissioned by his art dealer to create a series of paintings inspired by Monet’s earlier London series, Derain’s innovation lay in blending different sources of inspiration to create his own style.
The painting is in the collection of Tate Modern and is among Derain’s most celebrated works. It depicts the bustling river traffic and dockyards of the river Thames, a view Derain would have seen on his trip to London. The vibrant colors and unblended brushstrokes capture the energy and dynamism of the scene. The work is an excellent example of the Fauvist style, and it exudes a sense of joy and vitality.
During his stint in London, Derain produced several other famous paintings, including Charing Cross Bridge, London (1906). His visit to the city marked a turning point in his career and cemented his reputation as a leading figure in modern art. The Pool of London exemplifies Derain’s unique blend of different sources of inspiration, and its enduring appeal speaks volumes about the artist’s legacy.