Barges at Le Roche Guyon (1865) by Camille Pissarro

Barges at Le Roche Guyon - Camille Pissarro - 1865

Artwork Information

TitleBarges at Le Roche Guyon
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationMusee Camille Pissarro, Paris, France

About Barges at Le Roche Guyon

The artwork entitled “Barges at Le Roche Guyon” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro in 1865. This piece is an oil on canvas and is representative of the Realism art movement, a genre that focuses on accurate depictions of everyday scenes. Classified as a landscape, this painting is part of the collection housed at the Musee Camille Pissarro in Paris, France.

“Barges at Le Roche Guyon” portrays a serene riverside setting, capturing the gentle rural life of the period. Dominating the foreground is a large barge moored at the river’s edge. A small figure appears to be working or communicating with those on the barge. The middle-ground features the tranquil waters of the river, where several other boats, some with sails and some being rowed, emphasize the theme of river transport and trade. The background reveals verdant hills that fade into a soft blue sky with hints of grey, suggesting either the break of dawn or the approach of dusk. Pissarro’s brushwork in this piece adds to the texture and realism, creating a sense of atmospheric depth that invites viewers to dwell on the quiet yet active life along the banks of the river.

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