Boulevard Montmartre Mardi Gras (1897) by Camille Pissarro

Boulevard Montmartre Mardi Gras - Camille Pissarro - 1897

Artwork Information

TitleBoulevard Montmartre Mardi Gras
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions63.5 x 80 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationHammer Museum ( University of California), Los Angeles, CA, US

About Boulevard Montmartre Mardi Gras

The artwork entitled “Boulevard Montmartre Mardi Gras” was painted by the impressionist artist Camille Pissarro in 1897. This oil on canvas cityscape measures 63.5 by 80 cm, and it represents the vibrancy and dynamism of urban life during the festive Mardi Gras period. Pissarro’s work is a hallmark of the Impressionist movement, and it is currently housed at the Hammer Museum, which is affiliated with the University of California, located in Los Angeles, CA, US.

The artwork captures the bustling atmosphere of the Boulevard Montmartre on a Mardi Gras day. Pissarro employs a palette of muted tones interspersed with touches of brighter colors to depict the dense crowd of revelers thronging the boulevard. The scene is bathed in the soft, diffuse light typical of impressionist paintings, giving the viewer a sense of being part of the throng. The delicate rendering of the trees and buildings lining the street adds depth to the composition, and the loose brushwork creates a sense of movement and liveliness. The visible brushstrokes and the play of light and shadow demonstrate Pissarro’s ability to capture a moment in time with both realism and a sense of transient beauty.

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