Le Boulevard de Clichy (1880) by Camille Pissarro

Le Boulevard de Clichy - Camille Pissarro - 1880

Artwork Information

TitleLe Boulevard de Clichy
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions59.9 x 73.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationClark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, US

About Le Boulevard de Clichy

The artwork “Le Boulevard de Clichy” was painted by the Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro in 1880. It is a pastel on paper, measuring 59.9 by 73.5 cm, and is categorized as a cityscape. Reflecting the Impressionist movement, the piece captures the urban vibrancy of a boulevard in Paris. The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, United States houses this notable work.

The artwork portrays a bustling Parisian street scene, with a palpable sense of atmosphere and light that is characteristic of Pissarro’s style. A flurry of activity can be seen with pedestrians and carriages moving along the boulevard, which is lined with barren trees suggesting it might be set in the cooler months. The colors are muted, with an emphasis on blues and whites that evoke a wintry or overcast day. There is a softness to the scene, with the pastel medium allowing for gentle blending and the creation of a somewhat hazy, dreamlike quality. Through delicate brushstrokes and careful attention to the play of light, Pissarro effectively conveys the dynamism of city life while also providing a sense of the fleeting moment, a hallmark of Impressionist art.

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