Portrait of Monsieur Louis Estruc (c.1874) by Camille Pissarro

Portrait of Monsieur Louis Estruc - Camille Pissarro - c.1874

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Monsieur Louis Estruc
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions18.25 x 15.1 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Portrait of Monsieur Louis Estruc

The artwork titled “Portrait of Monsieur Louis Estruc,” created by the artist Camille Pissarro around 1874, is a fine example of the Impressionist movement. Rendered in pastel on paper, this modest-sized portrait measures 18.25 x 15.1 cm and is currently held in a private collection. It is a portrait, which is a genre that typically aims to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person on whom it is based.

The portrait exhibits a man with a resolute expression, dressed in attire befitting the time period. The sitter’s presence is conveyed with a sense of immediacy and intimacy characteristic of Impressionism. Soft, yet vibrant strokes of pastel create a luminous effect, which captures the subtleties of light and shadow dancing upon his features and clothing. Pissarro has given particular attention to the rendering of the man’s beard and hair, as well as to the contours of his face, which are articulated without rigid lines, blending harmoniously into the background.

The backdrop for the portrait appears to be abstract and impressionistic, paying no heed to detailed depiction but rather suggesting the ambient space around the subject. The overall composition conveys a sense of the era while reflecting the artist’s unique ability to portray character using the distinctive techniques of the Impressionist movement.

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