Sunset at Moret-sur-Loing (1901) by Camille Pissarro

Sunset at Moret-sur-Loing - Camille Pissarro - 1901

Artwork Information

TitleSunset at Moret-sur-Loing
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions54.6 x 66 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Sunset at Moret-sur-Loing

The artwork “Sunset at Moret-sur-Loing” was created by the impressionist artist Camille Pissarro in 1901. Pissarro employed oil on canvas as his medium to capture this serene landscape. As an impressionist piece, this work is characteristic of the movement’s focus on light and its changing qualities. The dimensions of the work are 54.6 x 66 cm, and it is currently held in a private collection. This landscape genre painting masterfully depicts a tranquil scene.

The artwork presents a view of the French town Moret-sur-Loing during sunset. Pissarro’s signature can be found on the lower left, confirming his authorship of this luminescent scene. The canvas is imbued with twilight hues, depicting the interplay of light on the leaf-bare trees that are painted in warm tones of orange and red, suggesting the fading light of the day. The reflections on the water create a shimmering effect, indicative of impressionist techniques used to represent the movement of light on surfaces. A rustic red structure, possibly a boathouse, floats on the water, drawing the viewer’s eye with its solid, rich color against the more delicate brushstrokes that depict the sky and vegetation. Pissarro’s skillful use of light and color to convey the atmosphere and mood of a moment exemplifies the heart of Impressionist art.

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