The Docks, Rouen, Afternoon (1898) by Camille Pissarro

The Docks, Rouen, Afternoon - Camille Pissarro - 1898

Artwork Information

TitleThe Docks, Rouen, Afternoon
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions65 x 81 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Docks, Rouen, Afternoon

Camille Pissarro’s “The Docks, Rouen, Afternoon” is an Impressionist oil painting created in 1898. Measuring 65 by 81 centimeters, this cityscape portrays a vibrant scene of Rouen’s bustling docks and is currently held within a private collection.

In the artwork, Pissarro captures a specific moment at the docks of Rouen in the soft light of the afternoon. The painting is characterized by short, quick brushstrokes that array a blend of colors creating an effect of both light and movement. Ships and boats of various sizes are moored at the docks, their masts and structures outlined against a hazy, luminous sky. Clouds of smoke or steam can be seen billowing from the funnels of steamboats which adds a sense of industrial activity and pace to the scene. The water reflects the sky and objects around it, shimmering with dapples of color in true Impressionist fashion. The city’s buildings in the background are rendered with less precision, focusing on the play of light and shadow instead of architectural details, thus enhancing the atmospheric quality of the painting. Pissarro’s masterful use of light and shadow imbues the scene with depth and texture, inviting viewers to experience the ambient energy of a port in the late 19th century.

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