The Banks of the Marne at Cennevieres (c.1864 – c.1865) by Camille Pissarro

The Banks of the Marne at Cennevieres - Camille Pissarro - c.1864 - c.1865

Artwork Information

TitleThe Banks of the Marne at Cennevieres
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Datec.1864 - c.1865
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Banks of the Marne at Cennevieres

“The Banks of the Marne at Chennevi√®res”, a work created by Camille Pissarro circa 1864-1865, is a fine example of Realism in art. Executed in watercolor on paper, the artwork belongs to the landscape genre. Despite its significance, this piece currently resides within a private collection, and thereby not readily accessible to the general public.

The artwork captures a serene and pastoral landscape along the Marne River, which exudes the tranquility of rural life. The composition is elegantly simple, with the river drawing the viewer’s eye toward the horizon and the soft, diffused light suggesting a cloudy or overcast day. In the foreground, a small boat rests on the gently sloping bank, while a modest house, possibly a riverside dwelling, anchors the scene. A stand of trees, including a prominently placed poplar, stretches skyward, adding a sense of verticality to the otherwise horizontal sweep of the landscape. The distant hills are painted in soft, muted tones, contributing to the atmospheric perspective and lending the scene a sense of depth. Pissarro’s brushwork is loose and expressive, characteristic of his early work before he fully embraced Impressionism, yet still demonstrates his keen observation of nature and ability to capture its essence.

This period of Pissarro’s career is marked by a commitment to representing the rural landscape with authenticity, and “The Banks of the Marne at Chennevi√®res” exemplifies his dedication to portraying the natural world without idealization, a hallmark of the Realist movement.

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