Barges on Pontoise (1876) by Camille Pissarro

Barges on Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - 1876

Artwork Information

TitleBarges on Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions45 x 549 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art (Met), New York City, NY, US

About Barges on Pontoise

The artwork titled “Barges on Pontoise” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro in 1876. It is an oil on canvas painting belonging to the Impressionist movement. The dimensions of the artwork are 45 x 549 cm. This landscape genre painting is housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY, USA.

In the artwork, Pissarro depicts a scene of daily life along the riverbanks of Pontoise, capturing the essence of working barges moored along the gentle waterway. The artist uses loose brushstrokes, a technique characteristic of the Impressionist movement, to convey the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. The foreground of the painting is dominated by a large barge, grounded in stolid shades of black and orange that contrast with the shimmering blues and greens of the water. Wisps of smoke rise from the barge’s chimney, subtly blending with the muted grey skies above. Figures can be seen engaged in their daily tasks, offering a glimpse into the lives of those who worked along the river. Pissarro’s masterful use of color and light suggests the gentle movement of the water and the vibrancy of the riverside, while the trees on the far bank complete a picturesque natural border. Overall, the painting is a reflective study on the convergence of human industry and the tranquility of nature.

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