The Louvre, Gray Weather, Afternoon (1902) by Camille Pissarro

The Louvre, Gray Weather, Afternoon - Camille Pissarro - 1902

Artwork Information

TitleThe Louvre, Gray Weather, Afternoon
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions41 x 33 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Louvre, Gray Weather, Afternoon

“The Louvre, Gray Weather, Afternoon,” an artwork completed in 1902 by artist Camille Pissarro, encapsulates the essence of the Impressionist movement. Utilizing oil on canvas as his medium, Pissarro renders a cityscape that measures 41 by 33 centimeters. Currently held in a private collection, this work is distinguished by its portrayal of an overcast Parisian afternoon, reflecting the fleeting atmospheric conditions central to Impressionism.

The artwork depicts a view of the Louvre complex from across the Seine River in Paris on a gloomy day. Dominant shades of gray and blue create a sense of overcast weather, while flecks of warmer colors in the trees and on the buildings suggest cooler light breaking through. The brushwork is loose and dynamic, typical of the Impressionist style, capturing the ephemeral quality of light and the bustling city life in a momentary snapshot.

Visible on the right is the former Tuileries Palace, near the Louvre, and to the left of the composition, barren trees are depicted, likely signifying the winter season. The Seine River is animated with boats, and figures are seen milling about on the quays and bridges, tiny in scale but palpable in presence, giving life to the urban landscape. The cloudy sky occupies a large portion of the canvas, further emphasizing the weather conditions which are integral to the painting’s title and theme. It is a quintessential example of Pissarro’s urban scenes and his commitment to portraying modern life through the Impressionist lens.

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