Before planes, ships were the only way to move people and goods from one continent to another. Ships sailed all over the world from the river Thames.
London was the heart of the British Empire and the Thames was the beginning and end of many journeys.
In this painting Derain uses bright colours painted in simple broad brush strokes to capture the structure and excitement of the ship and dockside. Hot reds and cool blues create a dazzling view across the surface of the painting.