The Church of Saint Jacues, Dieppe, Rainy Weather (1901) by Camille Pissarro

The Church of Saint Jacues, Dieppe, Rainy Weather - Camille Pissarro - 1901

Artwork Information

TitleThe Church of Saint Jacues, Dieppe, Rainy Weather
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions81 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Church of Saint Jacues, Dieppe, Rainy Weather

The artwork titled “The Church of Saint Jacques, Dieppe, Rainy Weather” was crafted by Camille Pissarro in 1901. This oil on canvas piece falls within the Impressionist movement and measures 81 by 65 centimeters. Depicting a cityscape, it represents a scene from Dieppe, France. The artwork is currently held in a private collection.

In the artwork, we observe a bustling scene outside the Church of Saint Jacques in the coastal town of Dieppe. The church, a prominent Gothic structure, occupies the left side of the canvas, with its intricate facade and towering steeple reaching into a cloudy sky. The overcast atmosphere suggests a typical rainy day, as reflected in the title, and Pissarro’s deft use of color and light imbues the painting with a sense of moisture and a damp environment, a hallmark of his ability to capture the nuances of weather.

In the foreground, a vivid display of everyday life unfolds. People are seen mingling and going about their daily activities, some clustered around market stalls, hinting at the hustle and bustle of a town center. Hints of greenery punctuate the setting, possibly trees or shrubs lining the streets, providing a contrast to the urban architecture. The scene extends into the background, where rows of houses in shades of red and other warm tones line the street, receding into the distance and granting depth to the composition. Pissarro’s brushwork is loose and expressive, typical of Impressionist techniques, capturing the fleeting moments of light and movement.

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