The Pont Boieldieu, Rouen, Sunset (1896) by Camille Pissarro

The Pont Boieldieu, Rouen, Sunset - Camille Pissarro - 1896

Artwork Information

TitleThe Pont Boieldieu, Rouen, Sunset
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions74.2 x 92.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationBirmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK

About The Pont Boieldieu, Rouen, Sunset

“The Pont Boieldieu, Rouen, Sunset” is an oil on canvas painting by Camille Pissarro, dated 1896. This artwork, measuring 74.2 x 92.5 cm, falls within the Impressionist movement and depicts a cityscape. The painting is housed at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in Birmingham, UK.

In the painting “The Pont Boieldieu, Rouen, Sunset,” Camille Pissarro captures a vibrant urban scene at the close of day. The setting sun bathes the sky in a warm, golden hue, while imprecise and animated brushstrokes suggest movement and the bustling energy of city life. The bridge, Pont Boieldieu, stretches across the canvas, populated with tiny figures that suggest the daily commute of pedestrians and carriages. Below, the water reflects the colors of the sunset, creating a play of light that is characteristic of Impressionist work. The city buildings and industrial smokestacks in the background complete this urban tableau, with plumes of smoke merging into the dusky sky, hinting at the industrial activity of the city. Through this masterful cityscape, Pissarro paints not only the momentary effects of light and atmosphere but also the dynamic modernity of the 19th-century urban environment.

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