Boulevard Montmartre Foggy Morning (1897) by Camille Pissarro

Boulevard Montmartre Foggy Morning - Camille Pissarro - 1897

Artwork Information

TitleBoulevard Montmartre Foggy Morning
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions55 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Boulevard Montmartre Foggy Morning

The artwork entitled “Boulevard Montmartre Foggy Morning” is an oil on canvas painting created by the Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro in 1897. Sized at 55 cm by 65 cm, the painting is a cityscape that masterfully represents a foggy Parisian morning. Currently held in a private collection, Pissarro’s depiction of the bustling boulevard is a quintessential example of Impressionist art, capturing the transient effects of light and atmosphere.

The artwork depicts a lively scene along the Boulevard Montmartre in Paris. Despite the thick fog that veils the background, the painting resonates with life and activity. Pissarro’s brushwork successfully conveys the movement of the figures and the hazy atmosphere of an early morning in the city. The palette consists of muted tones that blend together to depict the damp, overcast weather, while the play of light and shadow subtly suggests the presence of the sun attempting to break through the fog. The juxtaposition of the clearly defined foreground with the indistinct, almost abstract forms of the buildings and trees in the background, is characteristic of Pissarro’s approach to capturing the momentary effects of light, weather, and movement. The painting is an exploration of urban modernity as seen through the lens of Impressionism, imbuing a routine cityscape with a sense of poetry and the ephemeral.

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