The Carrousel, Afternoon (1899) by Camille Pissarro

The Carrousel, Afternoon - Camille Pissarro - 1899

Artwork Information

TitleThe Carrousel, Afternoon
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions54 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Carrousel, Afternoon

“The Carrousel, Afternoon” is an oil on canvas artwork by Camille Pissarro, created in the year 1899. The piece, measuring 54 x 65 cm, is an exemplar of the Impressionism movement and classifies as a cityscape. Currently, the artwork is held within a private collection.

The artwork depicts a lively urban scene, possibly in the heart of a bustling city. Pissarro’s brushwork is characteristic of the Impressionist style, with loose, textured strokes conveying the movement and atmosphere of the setting. The painting portrays a spacious public square bordered by grand buildings with classical architectural features that suggest their significance and historical value. The edifices are bathed in light, hinting at a sunny afternoon, while shadows suggest the presence of clouds occasionally passing overhead.

In the foreground, the artist has included figures going about their daily lives. Some are leisurely strolling, while others appear to be engaging in conversation, contributing to the sense of daily rhythm and social interaction. The spacing and scale of the figures lend a sense of depth to the composition. Small splotches of color represent people and carriages, giving life to the scene without distracting from the grandeur of the urban landscape. Trees and foliage are distributed throughout, their presence softening the city’s architecture and adding a touch of nature to the urban environment. Overall, the artwork captures a moment in time, immortalizing the interplay of light, architecture, and human activity that defines the essence of city life during that era.

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