Landscape at Pontoise 2 (c.1873) by Camille Pissarro

Landscape at Pontoise 2 - Camille Pissarro - c.1873

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape at Pontoise 2
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Landscape at Pontoise 2

Camille Pissarro, a pivotal figure in the Impressionist movement, created “Landscape at Pontoise 2” circa 1873. This artwork, rendered in pastel on paper, epitomizes the quintessential Impressionist preoccupation with capturing the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere on the landscape. Currently, this piece is held within a private collection, illustrating the enduring attraction of Impressionist works among collectors and art enthusiasts alike.

The artwork displays a serene vista of Pontoise, an area that frequently inspired Pissarro’s creative output during the 1870s. Dominated by a large, lush tree to the left, the composition leads the viewer’s eye towards a sun-drenched, rolling hillside in the background. The use of pastel allows for soft textural qualities, enveloping the scene in a warm, diffused light. Small dwellings peek through the verdure, providing a hint of the rural livelihood within this idyllic setting. Quick, visible strokes embody the immediacy and spontaneity that are hallmarks of Impressionism, inviting the observer to experience a moment of pastoral tranquility as it might have appeared to Pissarro himself.

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