Rue Saint Lazare (1897) by Camille Pissarro

Rue Saint Lazare - Camille Pissarro - 1897

Artwork Information

TitleRue Saint Lazare
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions35 x 27 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationOrdrupgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark

About Rue Saint Lazare

The artwork entitled “Rue Saint Lazare” was created by the esteemed Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1897. This oil on canvas piece measures 35 by 27 centimeters and is part of the cityscape genre, embodying the Impressionist movement’s characteristics. The artwork is housed within the Ordrupgaard in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The artwork captures a lively urban scene along the Rue Saint Lazare, one of the bustling streets in Paris. The artist’s use of small, yet discernible brushstrokes gives the artwork a vibrant texture that is emblematic of the Impressionist style. The composition is bustling with activity; horse-drawn carriages and figures populate the street, suggesting the busy rhythm of city life at the turn of the 20th century. The buildings, laid out in a perspective that draws the viewer’s eye into the depth of the scene, display a diversity of architectural details, and the warm, yet hazy palette suggests the transient effects of light and atmosphere.

Pissarro’s technique reflects a keen observation of everyday life and an ability to translate the ephemeral play of light onto the canvas. The artwork is a testament to Impressionist preoccupations with light, movement, and modernization, offering a glimpse into the historical ambiance of Paris during this era.

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