Boulevard des Batignolles (c.1878 – c.1879) by Camille Pissarro

Boulevard des Batignolles - Camille Pissarro - c.1878 - c.1879

Artwork Information

TitleBoulevard des Batignolles
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Datec.1878 - c.1879
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Boulevard des Batignolles

The artwork titled “Boulevard des Batignolles” was created by the notable artist Camille Pissarro around 1878 to 1879. Painted in oil on panel, this cityscape is an exemplification of the Impressionist movement, characterized by its vivid depiction of life and light reflective of the period. The painting is currently held in a private collection, inaccessible to the general public but resonant in its historical and artistic significance.

The artwork displays a view of the Boulevard des Batignolles, located in Paris, captured with the loose brushstrokes and play of natural light that define Impressionism. The composition features an urban scene alive with movement: people are scattered throughout the boulevard—walking, conversing, or riding in horse-drawn carriages. Buildings flank one side of the composition, marking the city’s architecture while trees, probably stripped of leaves and indicating a cooler season, punctuate the streetscape. The sky appears overcast, with a palette dominated by muted, possibly winter hues, adding to the atmospheric quality typical of Pissarro’s work. The artist has deftly captured the quotidian rhythm of Parisian life, combining a sense of immediacy with a fleeting, transient moment, quintessential traits of an Impressionist masterpiece.

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