The Marne at Chennevieres (1864 – 1865) by Camille Pissarro

The Marne at Chennevieres - Camille Pissarro - 1864 - 1865

Artwork Information

TitleThe Marne at Chennevieres
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Date1864 - 1865
Mediumoil,canvas
Dimensions91.5 x 145.5 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationScottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

About The Marne at Chennevieres

“The Marne at Chennevi√®res,” painted by Camille Pissarro during the years 1864-1865, is an oil on canvas landscape that exemplifies the Realism art movement. Its dimensions measure 91.5 by 145.5 cm. The artwork, which provides a scenic depiction of a moment in time along the Marne River, is housed in the Scottish National Gallery located in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

The artwork captures the tranquil essence of the Marne River with a palpable verisimilitude characteristic of Realism. The foreground features reeds and foliage lining the water’s edge, their reflections gently distorted in the moving river. A boat with figures can be seen midstream, adding a human element to the otherwise serene natural landscape. The middle ground is occupied by buildings nestled among the trees, with a few prominently white structures drawing the viewer’s eyes. The gently rolling hills of the farther bank recede into the background where a settlement crests the ridge, punctuating the vast sky. Pissarro’s use of muted yet varied color palette creates a sense of depth and atmosphere, while subtle brushstrokes convey texture and life within the scene. The overall composition invites contemplation, allowing viewers to partake in the calm and beauty of the riverside.

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