The Banks of the Seine at Bougival (1871) by Camille Pissarro

The Banks of the Seine at Bougival - Camille Pissarro - 1871

Artwork Information

TitleThe Banks of the Seine at Bougival
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Banks of the Seine at Bougival

“The Banks of the Seine at Bougival,” created in 1871 by the artist Camille Pissarro, is an artwork exemplifying the Impressionist movement. Crafted in oil on canvas, this landscape piece portrays the tranquil scenery alongside the Seine River in the commune of Bougival, France. Presently, the artwork is part of a private collection.

The artwork captures a segment of the riverbank, with dappled light reflecting on the water’s surface. Dominated by a palette of muted tones, it suggests a serene, overcast day. In the foreground, a pathway leads the viewer’s eye towards a lone figure, possibly a local inhabitant, imbuing the scene with a sense of quietude and daily life. The river, partially bordered by houses and vegetation, stretches centrally across the composition, while the distant horizon is faintly etched by soft brushstrokes that blend sky and land seamlessly. The application of paint, characteristic of Impressionist technique, is loose and expressive, inviting the viewer to experience the atmospheric quality of the landscape through Pissarro’s interpretive vision.

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