The Pont Corneille, Rouen, Morning Effect (1896) by Camille Pissarro

The Pont Corneille, Rouen, Morning Effect - Camille Pissarro - 1896

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TitleThe Pont Corneille, Rouen, Morning Effect
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions73 x 92.1 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Pont Corneille, Rouen, Morning Effect

“The Pont Corneille, Rouen, Morning Effect” is an Impressionist oil painting on canvas created by Camille Pissarro in 1896. Measuring 73 x 92.1 cm, this cityscape painting captures a morning scene and is currently held in a private collection.

The painting depicts a view of the Pont Corneille bridge in Rouen with the morning light casting a soft glow over the scene. The bridge spans across a body of water, believed to be the River Seine, and appears sturdy and serene. The play of light on the water creates a shimmering effect, which is characteristic of the Impressionist movement’s focus on light and its changing qualities.

On the left bank, there’s a sandy shore where figures can be seen, perhaps engaging in morning activities or work near the docks. A small boat is moored close to the shore, adding a human element to the riverscape. The sky is filled with gentle hues of blues and whites, suggesting the early hours of the day.

The cityscape in the background is made up of various buildings with different architectural details, their reflections subtly hinted at in the water’s surface. Smokestacks can be seen in the distance, suggesting industrial activity beyond the immediate tranquility of the riverfront. Leafless trees reach upward on the right, providing a contrast to the horizontal lines of the architecture and bridge.

The brushwork is loose and expressive, emblematic of Pissarro’s Impressionist style, capturing the essence of the scene without delving into meticulous detail. The overall effect is one of harmony and quietude, a snapshot of urban life that is both immediate and timeless.

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