Road from Osny to Pontoise, Hoar Frost (1873) by Camille Pissarro

Road from Osny to Pontoise, Hoar Frost - Camille Pissarro - 1873

Artwork Information

TitleRoad from Osny to Pontoise, Hoar Frost
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions50.5 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationE.G. Bührle Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland

About Road from Osny to Pontoise, Hoar Frost

The artwork “Road from Osny to Pontoise, Hoar Frost” was painted by Camille Pissarro in 1873. This oil on canvas masterpiece is a representation of the Impressionism movement and measures 50.5 by 65 centimeters. Depicting a tranquil landscape scene, this piece is part of the collection of the E.G. Bührle Foundation, located in Zürich, Switzerland.

In “Road from Osny to Pontoise, Hoar Frost,” Pissarro captures the serene beauty of the French countryside with a dusting of frost. The painting represents a rural setting, where a winding road leads the viewer’s eye into the distance, passing a small building to the right. The subdued color palette suggests the cold environment, with the hoar frost lending a crisp texture to the landscape.

Bare trees of varying heights rise above the horizon, displaying the chilly essence of a winter’s day. Patches of green peek through the otherwise dormant vegetation, providing a contrast to the ochres and sombre tones of the frosted ground. In the foreground, figures can be seen on the road, adding life and scale to the scene, while emphasizing the daily activities of rural life.

The sky, a soft blue with hints of warmer undertones, complements the earthy colors of the landscape, creating a harmonious balance throughout the composition. Pissarro’s brushwork is characteristically loose and expressive, typical of the Impressionist style, which sought to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. Through the artwork, the artist invites contemplation, allowing one to appreciate the quiet and ordinary moments of rural existence.

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