The Inner Harbor, Dieppe Afternoon, Sun, Low Tide (1902) by Camille Pissarro

The Inner Harbor, Dieppe Afternoon, Sun, Low Tide - Camille Pissarro - 1902

Artwork Information

TitleThe Inner Harbor, Dieppe Afternoon, Sun, Low Tide
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions53.5 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationChâteau de Dieppe, Dieppe, France

About The Inner Harbor, Dieppe Afternoon, Sun, Low Tide

The artwork “The Inner Harbor, Dieppe Afternoon, Sun, Low Tide” is a cityscape rendered in oil on canvas by the esteemed Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro in the year 1902. With dimensions of 53.5 by 65 cm, the piece epitomizes the characteristics of the Impressionist movement and is presently housed at the Château de Dieppe in Dieppe, France.

The artwork vividly portrays a bustling harbor scene, alive with the activities of the afternoon. Dominating the composition are the gentle ripples of water, under a sunlit, partly cloudy sky—an idyllic setting that simultaneously captures the momentary and the eternal. Boats with sails unfurled float on the serene waters, granting depth and dynamism to the harbor view. The palette is bright and variegated, utilizing a spectrum of hues to infuse the scene with light and atmosphere. A throng of individuals populates the quayside, possibly evoking the daily interactions and rhythms of harbor life.

In the tradition of Impressionism, brushstrokes are visible and appear rapid and spontaneous, allowing viewers to sense the movement and shimmer of light on the water and among the activities on land. This artistic approach does not seek to meticulously define the small details but instead focuses on the overall effect of sunlight and color. The waterfront buildings and the soft sky contribute to the impression of a fleeting moment, encapsulated in Pissarro’s hallmark style. The impression conveyed is one of an unmediated experience of Dieppe Harbor, as seen through Pissarro’s discerning eyes.

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