Banks of a River with Barge (c.1864) by Camille Pissarro

Banks of a River with Barge - Camille Pissarro - c.1864

Artwork Information

TitleBanks of a River with Barge
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions10.16 x 18.7 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Banks of a River with Barge

The artwork entitled “Banks of a River with Barge” is a creation of the esteemed artist Camille Pissarro, dating back to circa 1864. Crafted with oil on canvas, it embodies the essence of the Realism art movement. Its modest dimensions measure 10.16 cm in height by 18.7 cm in width, and it portrays a landscape scene. Currently, the piece is housed within a private collection, which limits its public accessibility.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a serene river landscape under a dynamic sky. The riverbank on the right is defined by grassy patches and trees whose leaves and branches sway with the brushstrokes conveying the movement of the wind. On the river itself, a barge with a tall mast is anchored, adding a sense of life and activity to the otherwise tranquil scene. The left bank shows a sloping field with distant trees or buildings, hinting at human habitation nearby. The sky above is vast and expressive, with thick, impasto brushstrokes rendering the clouds and the sky’s varying hues, from bright patches suggesting sunlight to darker tones implying a storm may be on the horizon. Pissarro’s attention to the atmosphere and the fleeting effects of light exemplify the characteristics of Realism, aimed at depicting subjects with fidelity to visual experience.

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