Sunset at Sent Charlez. Eragny (1891) by Camille Pissarro

Sunset at Sent Charlez. Eragny - Camille Pissarro - 1891

Artwork Information

TitleSunset at Sent Charlez. Eragny
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementPointillism,Neo-Impressionism
Current LocationClark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, US

About Sunset at Sent Charlez. Eragny

The artwork titled “Sunset at Sent Charlez. Eragny” was crafted by artist Camille Pissarro in 1891. Executed with oil on canvas, it is associated with the Pointillism and Neo-Impressionism art movements. Classified under the landscape genre, this piece can be found in the collection of the Clark Art Institute located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States.

“Sunset at Sent Charlez. Eragny” captures a serene pastoral scene bathed in the soft, warm glow of the setting sun. The composition is characterized by small, distinct dots of color, a hallmark of the Pointillist technique pioneered by artists like Pissarro. This method creates an optical blending of hues when viewed from a distance, resulting in a shimmering effect that conveys the ephemeral quality of light. In the painting, a grouping of tall trees dominates the foreground, exhibiting a rich tapestry of greens, yellows, and hints of purple that suggest the trees’ volume and the play of light through their foliage. The background fades into a harmonious blend of diffused purples and blues, suggesting a distant treeline and the peaceful transition from day to night. A path meanders gently through the landscape, inviting the eye to wander through the scene, and perhaps indicating a human presence in this tranquil setting. The artwork as a whole emanates a calmness typical of Pissarro’s landscapes, where the beauty of the natural world is captured with a profound sensitivity to light and color.

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