The Louvre 2 (1901) by Camille Pissarro

The Louvre 2 - Camille Pissarro - 1901

Artwork Information

TitleThe Louvre 2
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions38 x 46 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Louvre 2

The artwork titled “The Louvre 2” by Camille Pissarro, painted in 1901, is an oil on canvas piece that belongs to the Impressionism movement. The dimensions of this cityscape are 38 x 46 cm and it is currently held in a private collection. The painting captures a scene typical of the period with a distinctive treatment of light and color.

The scene depicted in the artwork offers a view of the famous Louvre Museum in Paris from a distance, likely from across the Seine River. The painting showcases the soft, diffuse light characteristic of Impressionist works, with a palette that suggests it may be set in the colder months, given the bare tree on the left and the cool tones used throughout. The museum buildings are rendered with dappled brushstrokes, creating a sense of grandeur and yet a certain intimacy through the misty atmosphere that envelopes the scene.

In the foreground, figures can be seen strolling along the riverbank, diminutive in scale compared to the imposing architecture of the Louvre. Their inclusion adds life and human presence to the urban landscape, whereas the architectural features, including the bridge that spans the river and the boats plying its waters, further anchor the composition in Parisian life. The riverside is depicted with loose, almost sketch-like quality, which was typical for the Impressionist style, where the capturing of light and momentary impressions were often prioritized over precise details.

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