The Old Ennery Road in Pontoise (1877) by Camille Pissarro

The Old Ennery Road in Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - 1877

Artwork Information

TitleThe Old Ennery Road in Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions92 x 150 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Old Ennery Road in Pontoise

“The Old Ennery Road in Pontoise” is an impressionistic landscape artwork created by the esteemed artist Camille Pissarro in 1877. It is an oil painting on canvas, measuring a significant 92 by 150 centimeters. This piece reflects the aesthetic principles of the Impressionism movement, which Pissarro was a pioneer of. Currently, the artwork is housed in a private collection.

The artwork depicts a rural scene with a path meandering through fields under a vast, expressive sky. The dynamic brushstrokes are characteristic of Impressionist technique, aiming to capture the transient effects of light and atmosphere. On the left side, a large haystack stands as the centerpiece against the horizon, while a figure can be seen nearby, possibly engaged in agricultural labor. To the right, a person riding a horse follows the path, offering a sense of scale and movement within the serene countryside.

The color palette is typical of Pissarro’s landscapes, where earthy tones are set against the blues and whites of the sky, suggesting the changing quality of daylight. Trees dot the horizon and foreground, providing rhythm and depth to the composition. This landscape provides an authentic depiction of rural life in France during Pissarro’s time, exemplifying his interest in natural settings and rural labor. The open composition and naturalistic rendering of the scene affirm the artwork’s position within the Impressionism movement, where the impression of a moment, rather than detailed narrative, is paramount.

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