Fog, Morning, Rouen (1896) by Camille Pissarro

Fog, Morning, Rouen - Camille Pissarro - 1896

Artwork Information

TitleFog, Morning, Rouen
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions50 x 61 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Fog, Morning, Rouen

“Fog, Morning, Rouen” is an oil on canvas painting by artist Camille Pissarro, created in 1896. As a prominent example of the Impressionist movement, this artwork features the dimensions of 50 x 61 cm and categorizes as a cityscape. Although it is currently housed in a private collection, the painting captures the ethereal essence of a fog-covered Rouen at the beginning of the day.

The artwork presents a serene depiction of Rouen shrouded in the gentle embrace of morning mist. Set against a subdued palette that exemplifies Impressionist preoccupation with light and atmosphere, the canvas is animated with soft, dynamic brushstrokes that evoke the transient qualities of fog. It is an urban landscape looking over a bridge that spans across a body of water, likely a river, with indistinct forms that suggest the outlines of buildings and structures in the distance. Figures and horse-drawn carriages populate the bridge and adjacent streets, lending a sense of daily activity and movement, yet they are rendered with a certain haziness that underscores the atmospheric conditions. The reflection of the bridge and the mellow light on the water’s surface contribute to the overall sense of tranquillity and fleeting beauty captured at this particular moment in time. Pissarro’s masterful use of color and light to convey the mood and the temporary effects of weather firmly establishes “Fog, Morning, Rouen” as a significant piece within the Impressionist genre.

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