Claude Monet constantly complained about the weather in his letters to Alice from London. The fog, the rain, and the damp all threatened to impede his progress, and he often worked in his hotel room, looking out the window. But the volatility of the weather that frustrated him also inspired him, and he soon had a canvas representing every type of weather, including his 1903 work Waterloo Bridge, Gray Day.
Claude Monet's The Houses of Parliament (Effect of Fog) was part of a series that had to be completed from memory rather than observation. Go to the next section to find out why and learn more about Monet's The Houses of Parliament (Effect of Fog).