The Pont Boieldieu, Rouen, Rain Effect (1896) by Camille Pissarro

The Pont Boieldieu, Rouen, Rain Effect - Camille Pissarro - 1896

Artwork Information

TitleThe Pont Boieldieu, Rouen, Rain Effect
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions73 x 92 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationStaatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

About The Pont Boieldieu, Rouen, Rain Effect

“The Pont Boieldieu, Rouen, Rain Effect” is an Impressionist cityscape oil painting created by Camille Pissarro in 1896. It measures 73 x 92 cm and is presently housed at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The painting depicts a vividly bustling atmosphere on a rainy day at the Pont Boieldieu in Rouen. The bridge, which crosses a body of water, serves as the focal point of the composition. It draws the eye through the use of perspective, leading to the cityscape in the background. The river under the bridge carries reflections and hints of activity, with a boat moving along the water and the banks lined with various structures.

Pissarro has skillfully captured the mood of the rainy day with a predominantly grey palette. The brushstrokes are dappled and loose, typical of the Impressionist technique, aiming to record the effects of light and the essence of the moment rather than creating a detailed representation. People are seen going about their day, with figures rendered in swift, gestural strokes, creating a sense of movement and life. Smoke rises from a chimney in the distance, further emphasizing the blend of industry and everyday life. The overall effect is one of dynamic energy, despite the overcast weather, characteristic of the vibrant urban scene Pissarro sought to portray.

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