Boulevard des Italiens Afternoon (1897) by Camille Pissarro

Boulevard des Italiens Afternoon - Camille Pissarro - 1897

Artwork Information

TitleBoulevard des Italiens Afternoon
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions73 x 92 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Boulevard des Italiens Afternoon

The artwork “Boulevard des Italiens Afternoon” was created by the esteemed artist Camille Pissarro in 1897. An oil on canvas creation, this piece embodies the quintessence of Impressionism, which is evident in its expressive brushstrokes and the depiction of light and movement. The dimensions of the cityscape are 73 by 92 centimeters, and it represents a bustling urban scene, likely inspired by the vivacity of Parisian life. Currently, this painting is housed within a private collection.

In the artwork, Pissarro portrays a lively street scene set on the Boulevard des Italiens, capturing the essence of city life during the late 19th century. The viewer is treated to an array of urban activities amidst the backdrop of Haussmann-era Parisian architecture. The composition is bustling with the dynamism of carriages and passersby, layered amongst the winter-bare trees. The atmosphere of the boulevard is brought to life with a palette that includes the muted tones of the buildings and the street, contrasted with the vividness of the people and carriages. Pissarro’s masterful use of light filters through the trees and reflects off the surfaces, creating a sense of depth and realism combined with the unique quality of an impressionist’s touch. The figures, though not detailed, are imbued with a sense of movement and immediacy, capturing a fleeting moment in the daily rhythm of the city. This painting not only documents the urban experience of its time but also serves as an exemplary piece of the Impressionist movement.

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