The Pilot’s Jetty, Le Havre High Tide, Afternoon Sun (1903) by Camille Pissarro

The Pilot's Jetty, Le Havre High Tide, Afternoon Sun - Camille Pissarro - 1903

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TitleThe Pilot's Jetty, Le Havre High Tide, Afternoon Sun
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions54 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism

About The Pilot's Jetty, Le Havre High Tide, Afternoon Sun

The artwork “The Pilot’s Jetty, Le Havre High Tide, Afternoon Sun” was painted by Camille Pissarro in 1903. It is an oil on canvas painting with dimensions of 54 x 65 cm. The painting belongs to the Impressionism art movement and is a cityscape genre depicting a vibrant depiction of Le Havre’s bustling port area.

In the composition, Pissarro captures a dynamic harbor scene under the influence of diffuse afternoon sunlight. The palette is rich with blues, earth tones, and subtle warm hues that contrast with the cool sky, suggesting the reflection of sunlight off water and the varied textures of the urban and maritime environment. Small boats and ships dot the water, their sails a mix of whites and grays, gently animated by the afternoon breeze. The jetty is populated with figures that, despite their lack of detailed facial features, convey a sense of purpose and movement, typical of Pissarro’s depictions of human activity within a landscape. Buildings and structures line the quayside, their forms simplified yet distinct, giving a sense of depth and architectural diversity. The brushwork is loose and gestural, characteristic of Impressionism, which sought to capture the fleeting moments of light and color in everyday scenes. The sky is filled with swift strokes of white and blue, suggesting a play of clouds and clear sky in the midst of a tranquil day. Overall, the work is imbued with the vital energy of the bustling port and the serene mood of a sunlit afternoon.

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