Sunset at Valhermeil, near Pontoise (1880) by Camille Pissarro

Sunset at Valhermeil, near Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - 1880

Artwork Information

TitleSunset at Valhermeil, near Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Sunset at Valhermeil, near Pontoise

The artwork “Sunset at Valhermeil, near Pontoise” is a notable creation by the artist Camille Pissarro from the year 1880. Employing oil on canvas as his medium, Pissarro masterfully captures a rural landscape scene characteristic of the Impressionist movement, to which he made significant contributions. Not currently on public display, this piece is part of a private collection.

The artwork depicts a serene countryside at dusk, with the setting sun casting a warm glow over the fields and houses in the distance. It features a dynamic sky filled with brush strokes of yellows, blues, and whites, indicating the movement of clouds and the fading light. Tall trees rise in the middle ground, their round canopies punctuating the horizon. The foreground is dominated by a large tree with intricate, twisting branches, surrounded by lush vegetation and a fence that provides depth to the composition. Pissarro’s style allows for the play of light and shadow across the various textures of the foliage and grass, with splashes of color representing flowers and plants. The varying strokes and the vivid yet softened palette combine to evoke the fleeting quality of light at sunset, a hallmark of the Impressionist endeavor to capture the transient effects of light on nature.

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