Cliffs at Petit Dalles (1883) by Camille Pissarro

Cliffs at Petit Dalles - Camille Pissarro - 1883

Artwork Information

TitleCliffs at Petit Dalles
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions54 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Cliffs at Petit Dalles

The artwork entitled “Cliffs at Petit Dalles” was created by the accomplished artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1883. This piece is an oil painting on canvas, measuring 54 by 65 centimeters, and it can be categorized within the Impressionist movement. As a landscape genre painting, it is part of a private collection.

The artwork displays a serene coastal view, characterized by towering cliffs that dominate the right side of the composition, receding into the distance where they meet the horizon. The painting captures the natural beauty of the site, with a rugged shoreline and the vast, open sea extending toward the viewer. The use of quick, expressive brushstrokes is evident, providing texture and dynamism to the elements within the scene, such as the rocky beach and the tumultuous sky above. The color palette is rich yet subdued, with earthy reds and browns of the cliffs contrasting against the variegated greens and blues of the sea. Pissarro’s application of light and shadow subtly suggests the changing conditions of weather and time of day. This landscape, typical of Impressionist works, invites the viewer to experience the immediacy of the moment and the transitory effects of light.

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