Street in the Snow, Louveciennes (c.1870) by Camille Pissarro

Street in the Snow, Louveciennes - Camille Pissarro - c.1870

Artwork Information

TitleStreet in the Snow, Louveciennes
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions43.2 x 65.4 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationE.G. Bührle Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland

About Street in the Snow, Louveciennes

The artwork titled “Street in the Snow, Louveciennes,” created circa 1870 by artist Camille Pissarro, exemplifies the Impressionist movement. The medium of the work is oil on canvas, with dimensions measuring 43.2 by 65.4 centimeters. This landscape genre painting is part of the collection at the E.G. Bührle Foundation in Zürich, Switzerland.

In the artwork, one observes a winter scene set in the village of Louveciennes. The landscape is covered with snow, conveying the chill and stillness of the season. The central focus is a village street flanked by bare trees and houses with pointed rooftops, hinting at a rural or semi-rural setting. A cool, muted color palette dominated by whites, blues, and earth tones is employed, reflecting the light and shadows characteristic of winter daylight.

The composition is given life by the presence of figures: people walking along the road and a horse-drawn carriage in motion, which introduces an element of everyday activity and vitality amidst the quietude of the snowy environment. The artist has captured this scene with loose, expressive brushwork, a hallmark of the Impressionist technique, that suggests movement and the fleeting quality of light. Such is the charm of Pissarro’s work that it invokes the sensation of a brisk winter day spent among the elements and the community of a tranquil village.

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