Avenue de l’Opera – Effect of Snow (1898) by Camille Pissarro

Avenue de l'Opera - Effect of Snow - Camille Pissarro - 1898

Artwork Information

TitleAvenue de l'Opera - Effect of Snow
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions54 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Avenue de l'Opera - Effect of Snow

The artwork in question, “Avenue de l’Opera – Effect of Snow” by Camille Pissarro, dates back to 1898. This oil painting on canvas exemplifies the Impressionist movement, with dimensions of 54 by 65 centimeters. Pissarro has chosen a cityscape genre for this piece, which currently resides in a private collection.

The artwork captures a vivid street scene of the Avenue de l’Opera in Paris during a snowfall. The perspective leads the viewer’s eye towards a vanishing point at the center, where the outline of the Opera Garnier is faintly visible through the haze. This hazy quality, typical of Impressionist works, evokes the atmosphere of the cold, wintry day.

A lively array of figures populates the scene, including pedestrians and carriages moving along the snow-covered boulevard. The buildings flank the composition on both sides with a remarkable level of architectural detail, hinting at the urban setting’s grandeur. The snow blurs details and adds a sense of softness to the forms, with the color palette comprising subdued, cool tones juxtaposed against warmer hues suggesting sunlight. The brushwork is loose and appears spontaneous, contributing to the painting’s overall sense of immediacy and the fleeting nature of the moment captured.

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