The Bassin des Tuileries, Afternoon (1900) by Camille Pissarro

The Bassin des Tuileries, Afternoon - Camille Pissarro - 1900

Artwork Information

TitleThe Bassin des Tuileries, Afternoon
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Date1900
Mediumoil,canvas
Dimensions65 x 92 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Bassin des Tuileries, Afternoon

“The Bassin des Tuileries, Afternoon” is an exquisite example of Impressionist landscape painting executed by the artist Camille Pissarro in 1900. This artwork is an oil painting on canvas, with dimensions of 65 x 92 cm, and it is currently held in a private collection. The genre of the painting is landscape, and it encapsulates the fundamental qualities of the Impressionist movement with its emphasis on the accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities and the effects of the passage of time on the scenery.

The artwork portrays a vibrant and bustling afternoon scene at the Bassin des Tuileries in Paris. It captures the essence of urban leisure typical of fin-de-si├Ęcle Parisian life. The painting is awash with naturalistic color and the gentle play of light and shadow, which are hallmarks of Pissarro’s Impressionist technique. The sky in the artwork is rendered with a tapestry of warm, golden hues punctuated by soft, billowing clouds that diffuse the light. Below this radiant sky, the green of the garden contrasts with the earth tones of the well-trodden paths.

Human figures are dotted across the composition, with the looser, almost abstract brushstrokes typical of Impressionism suggesting movement and dynamism. They appear to be enjoying a leisurely afternoon, strolling down the promenades or congregating around the central fountain, which sends a vertical spray of water skyward, creating a dynamic focal point. In the distance, architectural elements softly emerge from the haze, adding depth and context to the urban setting. Pissarro’s work is as much about capturing the mood and atmosphere of the location as it is about documenting the physical space, and this piece is a testament to his ability to translate the ephemeral qualities of light and time onto the canvas.

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