Pont Neuf, the Statue of Henri IV, Sunny Weather, Morning (1900) by Camille Pissarro

Pont Neuf, the Statue of Henri IV, Sunny Weather, Morning - Camille Pissarro - 1900

Artwork Information

TitlePont Neuf, the Statue of Henri IV, Sunny Weather, Morning
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationKrannert Art Museum (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign), Champaign, IL, US

About Pont Neuf, the Statue of Henri IV, Sunny Weather, Morning

The artwork titled “Pont Neuf, the Statue of Henri IV, Sunny Weather, Morning” is an oil on canvas by Camille Pissarro, completed in the year 1900. This piece is a quintessential example of the Impressionist movement, characterized by its depiction of a cityscape. The artwork is part of the collection at the Krannert Art Museum, which is situated at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in Champaign, Illinois, United States.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a scene of Pont Neuf and its surroundings under what appears to be early morning sunlight. The composition is dominated by soft, warm hues that reflect the light of the sun, imbuing the scene with a sense of tranquility and warmth. The statue of Henri IV is prominently featured, adding a significant cultural and historical element to the work. Alongside, we observe figures of people, which, despite being painted with quick and loose brushstrokes, are clearly discernible and add life and scale to the setting.

Pissarro’s technique can be seen in the lively, yet delicate brushwork, particularly in the portrayal of the leafless trees whose branches add an intricate pattern against the sky. The reflections on the water surface of the Seine and the gentle ripples created by a moving boat are rendered with a level of detail that suggests the transient effects of light and motion, hallmarks of the Impressionist style.

The skyline in the distance suggests a bustling city awakening, and the inclusion of architectural forms hints at the urbanization of Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Pissarro’s adept use of color gradation in the sky suggests the time of day, and the overall effect is one that captures a fleeting moment with sensitivity and a penetrating sense of atmosphere.

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