Rue Saint Lazare (1893) by Camille Pissarro

Rue Saint Lazare - Camille Pissarro - 1893

Artwork Information

TitleRue Saint Lazare
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions73 x 60 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Rue Saint Lazare

The artwork “Rue Saint Lazare” was painted by Camille Pissarro in 1893, encapsulating the quintessence of the Impressionism art movement. Crafted using oil on canvas, this cityscape measures 73 by 60 cm and is a vibrant depiction of urban life. Currently held in a private collection, Pissarro’s work showcases his deft skill in interpreting the bustling activity of city streets.

The artwork displays a vivid scene of Rue Saint Lazare in Paris, characterized by a flurry of activity and a diversity of figures and vehicles. The street is lined with recognizable Parisian buildings captured in a blend of soft yet defined brushstrokes, a staple technique of the Impressionist style. Muted tones are punctuated by spots of color that mark the attire of pedestrians, the canopies of shops, and the various carriages and omnibuses that dominate the thoroughfare. The atmosphere Pissarro has created is dynamic yet harmonious, suggesting the ebb and flow of urban life in late 19th-century Paris. The painting’s viewpoint is from a slightly elevated position, allowing viewers to take in the grandeur of the architecture as well as the vibrancy of street-level activities. Pissarro expertly conveys the light and weather conditions of the moment, with a suggestion of overcast skies diffusing the light and softening the details of the hustle and bustle below.

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