Quai du Pothuis, at Pontoise (1876) by Camille Pissarro

Quai du Pothuis, at Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - 1876

Artwork Information

TitleQuai du Pothuis, at Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions46 x 55 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Quai du Pothuis, at Pontoise

The artwork “Quai du Pothuis, at Pontoise” is a cityscape painted by Camille Pissarro in 1876. The medium of this piece is oil on canvas, measuring 46 x 55 cm. As a part of the Impressionism movement, this painting reflects the characteristic style of capturing the play of light and atmosphere. This particular artwork remains in a private collection.

“Quai du Pothuis, at Pontoise” depicts a vibrant scene along a riverbank, showcasing the beauty of daily life around the area of Pontoise, a town favored by the artist. The painting exhibits Pissarro’s keen observation of nature and human activity. A picturesque array of clouds blankets the sky, suggesting a dynamic weather situation. Below, the river captures the reflections in a manner that is quintessential of Impressionist technique, with short, textured brushstrokes implying the movement of water.

On the banks, houses with warm hues invoke a sense of calm domesticity against the more industrial backdrop signaled by smokestacks in the distance, hinting at the ongoing industrial changes during the period. Figures are present, albeit rendered in a style that emphasizes not their individual characteristics, but rather their role in the larger composition. A tree trunk lies on the left foreground, adding a natural element to the scene and enhancing the painting’s depth. The use of light and color showcases Pissarro’s aptitude in portraying scenes that are at once serene and full of life, encapsulating a moment in time with both authenticity and artistic sensitivity.

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