Snow, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris (1886) by Paul Signac

Snow, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris - Paul Signac - 1886

Artwork Information

TitleSnow, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris
ArtistPaul Signac
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions18 1/8 x 25 5/8 in. (46 x 65 cm)
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationThe Minneapolis Institute of Arts

About Snow, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris

The artwork “Snow, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris,” rendered by Paul Signac in 1886, embodies the tenets of Neo-Impressionism through its oil on canvas medium. Measuring 18 1/8 x 25 5/8 inches (46 x 65 cm), this cityscape captures a wintry moment in Paris and is currently housed at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The artwork portrays a picturesque view of the Boulevard de Clichy blanketed in snow. The visual rhythm of gently curving tram tracks draws the viewer’s eye deeper into the scene, leading towards the vanishing point flanked by rows of leafless trees and period architecture. Shades of white and grey dominate the canvas, offset by the warmth of muted yellows and oranges, implying the presence of sunlight despite the overcast sky. The presence of pedestrians and the silhouette of a tram in the background evoke the daily life of Parisians amidst the chill. The meticulous application of paint, characteristic of the Neo-Impressionist technique, reveals a tapestry of individual color strokes that coalesce to form a harmonious and vibrant composition, effectively capturing the essence of a snowy day in late 19th-century Paris.

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