The Boulevards under Snow (1879) by Camille Pissarro

The Boulevards under Snow - Camille Pissarro - 1879

Artwork Information

TitleThe Boulevards under Snow
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions65 x 54 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée Marmottan Monet, Paris, France

About The Boulevards under Snow

The artwork entitled “The Boulevards under Snow” is an oil on canvas painting crafted by the renowned artist Camille Pissarro in 1879. This piece is a fine representation of the Impressionist movement, measuring 65 by 54 centimeters and categorized under the landscape genre. Presently, the artwork is housed in the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, France. It vividly depicts a scenic winter day on the boulevards of a city bathed in snow.

The painting captures an urban landscape softened by a blanket of snow. It portrays a street lined with leafless trees and buildings that fade into the muted gray of the winter sky. The gray and white tones dominate the artwork, suggesting the chill of a snowy day, while the loose and rapid brushstrokes inherent to Impressionism convey the feeling of fleeting light and atmosphere. The scene is animated by figures that populate the boulevards, including pedestrians and horses with carriages that move through the snow-covered streets, adding a dynamic element to the otherwise still environment. The figures are rendered with an economy of detail, emphasizing the effect of light and weather over individual characteristics. Overall, the artwork is a quintessential example of the Impressionist focus on light, atmosphere, and modern life as it was experienced in the late 19th century.

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