The Pont Neuf, Afternoon (1901) by Camille Pissarro

The Pont Neuf, Afternoon - Camille Pissarro - 1901

Artwork Information

TitleThe Pont Neuf, Afternoon
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions73 x 92 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, US

About The Pont Neuf, Afternoon

The artwork titled “The Pont Neuf, Afternoon” was created by the Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1901. It is an oil on canvas piece, depicting a cityscape, characterized by sweeping brushstrokes and a vibrant depiction of light and atmosphere. The painting measures 73 by 92 centimeters and is currently housed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

In the artwork, Pissarro presents a view of the bustling activity around Pont Neuf in Paris. The brushwork is loose and expressive, emblematic of the Impressionist movement, which sought to capture the transient effects of light and color. Spectators can perceive the dynamic energy of the city through the vivid portrayal of people and carriages moving along the bridge and the adjacent streets. The Seine River, glimpsed to the right, reflects the hues of the sky and the surrounding architecture, further enhancing the sensation of a fleeting moment encapsulated in paint. Buildings recede into the distance under a softly clouded sky, exhibiting the play of natural light on the urban landscape. Pissarro’s use of color and light harmoniously blends the activities of daily life with the city’s architectural grandeur, making this piece an exquisite example of Impressionism’s enduring legacy.

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