Rue Saint-Honore, Sun Effect, Afternoon (1898) by Camille Pissarro

Rue Saint-Honore, Sun Effect, Afternoon - Camille Pissarro - 1898

Artwork Information

TitleRue Saint-Honore, Sun Effect, Afternoon
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions53.3 x 64.1 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Rue Saint-Honore, Sun Effect, Afternoon

The artwork entitled “Rue Saint-Honore, Sun Effect, Afternoon” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro in 1898. It is an oil on canvas painting belonging to the Impressionist movement, which captures the effect of sunlight in an urban landscape. The artwork measures 53.3 by 64.1 cm and is classified within the genre of landscape painting. As of the last known status, this piece is held within a private collection.

The painting depicts a vibrant street scene set on Rue Saint-Honore in Paris during the afternoon, as the title suggests. The artwork is infused with the characteristic Impressionist brushwork, which creates a sense of motion and the fleeting nature of light. The canvas is alive with activity; traffic and pedestrians move along the thoroughfare, suggesting the dynamism of city life. Buildings flank the sides of the street, and a focal point is provided by a roundabout with a central fountain around which people and carriages circulate. The trees lining the street are touched by the soft hues of sunlight, indicating the time of day with patches of warm colors that contrast with the blues and grays of the buildings and streets. Shadows are deftly cast by the figures and objects, contributing to the overall impression of a spontaneous moment captured in time. Pissarro’s use of quick, loose brushstrokes imparts an ephemeral quality to the scene, embodying the essence of the Impressionist movement’s preoccupation with capturing the transient effects of light and color.

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