The Pont du Carrousel, Afternoon (1903) by Camille Pissarro

The Pont du Carrousel, Afternoon - Camille Pissarro - 1903

Artwork Information

TitleThe Pont du Carrousel, Afternoon
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions54 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMatsuoka Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

About The Pont du Carrousel, Afternoon

The artwork titled “The Pont du Carrousel, Afternoon” was created by the esteemed artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1903. This piece is rendered in oil on canvas and measures 54 by 65 centimeters. An exemplar of the Impressionist movement, the genre of the painting is classified as a cityscape. The artwork is part of the collection housed at the Matsuoka Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan.

Upon observing the artwork, one can appreciate the distinctive brushwork and use of light that are characteristic of the Impressionist style. The scene depicted is a vibrant and bustling view of the Pont du Carrousel bridge that spans over the River Seine in Paris. The composition captures a typical afternoon ambiance, with the subtle play of natural light reflecting off the water and infusing the scene with a sense of movement and vitality.

In the foreground, bare-branched trees are set against the city architecture, with fragmented dabbing of the brush creating a sensation of leaves rustling in the wind. The figures of people and carriages suggest the daily activity and flow of life at the time. In the midground, the bridge itself is skillfully portrayed with its elegant arches, while a boat can be seen navigating the river, adding to the dynamism of the scene. The background is adorned with the silhouette of city buildings under a soft sky, giving a sense of depth and context to the Parisian landscape.

“The Pont du Carrousel, Afternoon” is a testament to Pissarro’s mastery in conveying the essence of city life through the lens of Impressionism, presenting a timeless view of Paris as both a historical and lively metropolis.

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