Charing Cross Bridge, Fog on the Thames. Monet was in London at the turn of the century and painted the foggy atmosphere like a man possessed. This work, one of many on the Charing Cross bridge typify his treatment of the subject. The fog envelops and blurs everything. The sun seems weak and almost impotent, it’s color and warmth circumscribed to its disk and a faint stain on the waters of the Thames. It’s high up in the sky, so it’s not early morning and yet the mists reign unabated. Through all that though, three things, three man-made creations come through to us: a chimney, a boat, and the bridge. Is there smoke in the air as well? Will that boat shine brighter as it moves into the sun-dappled patch?