Rouen Port, Unloading Wood (1898) by Camille Pissarro

Rouen Port, Unloading Wood - Camille Pissarro - 1898

Artwork Information

TitleRouen Port, Unloading Wood
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions92.1 x 73 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Rouen Port, Unloading Wood

The artwork “Rouen Port, Unloading Wood,” created by Camille Pissarro in 1898, is an oil on canvas painting belonging to the Impressionism movement. This cityscape captures the bustling activity at the port of Rouen, measuring 92.1 by 73 cm, and is currently held in a private collection.

The artwork portrays a vivid scene at the port with workers engaged in the unloading of wood. At the forefront, stacks of freshly unloaded timber and logs are depicted, suggesting the material’s significance to the local economy. The painting is characterized by loose brushstrokes typical of Impressionist technique, capturing the fleeting effect of light and movement rather than focusing on precise details. The backdrop features masted ships and a tugboat, indicating the port’s commercial activity, while plumes of smoke rise in the distance, probably from steamboats or factories, contributing to the industrial atmosphere of the scene. Figures of people are scattered throughout, painted with just enough form to suggest their activity, while the landscape’s buildings reflect the structures typical of a port town. Pissarro’s use of color and light imbues the scene with vitality and a sense of the transient moment, hallmarks of the Impressionist style.

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