Afternoon, Sun, Rouen (1896) by Camille Pissarro

Afternoon, Sun, Rouen - Camille Pissarro - 1896

Artwork Information

TitleAfternoon, Sun, Rouen
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions55 x 65.8 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Afternoon, Sun, Rouen

The artwork “Afternoon, Sun, Rouen” is an exemplary piece created by Camille Pissarro in 1896. Rendered in oil on canvas, the dimensions of the painting are 55 x 65.8 cm. It is a quintessential example of the Impressionism movement and falls under the genre of cityscape. Currently, the artwork is held in a private collection. Pissarro’s work captures the dynamic character of light and atmosphere that is so emblematic of the Impressionist style.

In the artwork, one observes a vivid portrayal of a bustling river scene in Rouen. The perspective suggests it is viewed from an elevated vantage point, looking down upon the Seine River as it meanders through the cityscape. The broad brushstrokes and the play of light capture the reflections on the water and the softness of the clouds above. The color palette consists of earthen tones with splashes of brighter colors emphasizing activity and life on the riverbanks.

Pissarro’s depiction includes various elements that bring to life the vibrancy of the urban setting: from the pedestrians leisurely strolling by the water’s edge to the carriages and boats that point to the movement and commerce of the city. The architecture of the bridges and buildings is rendered with a sense of immediacy and fluidity, conveying the artist’s direct sensory experience rather than detailed architectural precision. Overall, the artwork serves as a snapshot of a moment in time, capturing the harmonious coexistence of nature and urban life through Pissarro’s masterful impressionistic lens.

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