Rouen, Saint Sever Morning (1898) by Camille Pissarro

Rouen, Saint Sever Morning - Camille Pissarro - 1898

Artwork Information

TitleRouen, Saint Sever Morning
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions63.5 x 79.4 cm
Art MovementImpressionism

About Rouen, Saint Sever Morning

The artwork titled “Rouen, Saint Sever Morning” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro in 1898. It is an oil on canvas exemplifying the Impressionist movement with dimensions measuring 63.5 x 79.4 cm. This cityscape genre painting captures the essence of the bustling urban environment.

In the artwork, Pissarro portrays a lively scene of Rouen’s Saint Sever district. The composition is bathed in the soft, diffused light of morning, characteristic of Impressionism’s focus on the effects of light and atmosphere. The river Seine takes a prominent role in the foreground, reflecting the industrial activity and the sky above. A variety of boats are scattered across the water, contributing to the sense of a dynamic, working river.

The far bank of the river is lined with buildings indicative of a busy port city. Architectural details are rendered with loose brushwork, giving an impression of the form rather than explicit definition. Smoke plumes from tall factory chimneys, suggesting the industrial vitality of the city, while adding a sense of movement to the sky.

On the near bank, figures are gathered, bustling along the quay and engaging in what appears to be daily commerce and transit. Pissarro’s treatment of these figures is in keeping with the Impressionist style, capturing the essence of the activity rather than individual characteristics.

The painting’s palette consists of muted browns, blues, and ochres, with touches of brighter color that provide visual interest and balance. The brushstrokes are visible and energetic, emphasizing the artist’s hand and the immediacy of the scene before him. This cityscape effectively conveys the sense of modern life that Pissarro and his fellow Impressionists sought to capture in their works.

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