Street Winter Sunlight and Snow (c.1872) by Camille Pissarro

Street Winter Sunlight and Snow - Camille Pissarro - c.1872

Artwork Information

TitleStreet Winter Sunlight and Snow
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions46 x 55.3 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Street Winter Sunlight and Snow

The artwork “Street Winter Sunlight and Snow” is an oil on canvas landscape painting by Camille Pissarro, created around 1872. It measures 46 x 55.3 cm and is currently held in a private collection. Pissarro, a central figure in the Impressionism movement, portrayed a winter scene in this work, capturing the essence of the season and the play of light with his distinctive brushwork.

In the artwork, viewers are presented with a wintry street scene illuminated by the subtle warmth of sunlight. The composition features bare-branched trees lining the sides of the street, standing tall and skeletal against a pale sky. The ground is covered with patches of melting snow, reflecting the sunlight in various shades of blue and white that indicate the chilly atmosphere. In the middle of the scene, a group of figures huddles closely, suggesting a moment of social interaction or travel. A horse, accompanied by the figures, adds to the charming rural character of the scene. Further down the path, another individual can be seen seated in a horse-drawn sleigh, moving away from the viewer, which creates a sense of depth and movement within the peaceful environment. The Impressionist technique is evident in the loose, expressive brushstrokes that give a sense of the fleeting moment captured by the artist. Overall, the artwork is replete with the tranquility and crispness of a winter’s day, rendered with the clarity and immediacy that are hallmarks of Pissarro’s work.

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