The Pont Neuf 2 (1901) by Camille Pissarro

The Pont Neuf 2 - Camille Pissarro - 1901

Artwork Information

TitleThe Pont Neuf 2
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions46.5 x 39 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationAllen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM), Oberlin, OH, US

About The Pont Neuf 2

The artwork titled “The Pont Neuf 2” is a creation of the esteemed artist Camille Pissarro, completed in the year 1901. This cityscape oil on canvas depicts a vibrant scene set against the backdrop of Pont Neuf, emblematic of the Impressionist movement to which Pissarro significantly contributed. The dimensions of the artwork are 46.5 by 39 centimeters, and it currently resides in the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) located in Oberlin, OH, United States.

The artwork captures a bustling, atmospheric moment along the Pont Neuf, which is a renowned bridge in Paris. Pissarro’s brushwork conveys the hustle and bustle of urban life with dappled strokes and a palette of muted, yet varied, colors. The composition is anchored by the bridge itself, which directs the viewer’s gaze across the Seine towards the array of Parisian buildings that line the riverbank.

The architecture is rendered with a degree of detail that suggests its form while simultaneously blending with the lively activity of the street below. The figures, carriages, and horses are depicted with swift, impressionistic touches, suggesting movement and the fleeting nature of the scene. Flags flutter on the horizon, catching the eye with hints of red that stand out amidst the cooler hues dominating the painting. The sky is overcast, filled with the diffuse light that is characteristic of Pissarro’s works, completing a depiction not just of a physical locale but of a moment in time, full of life and movement.

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