The Pont Neuf and the Statue of Henri IV (1901) by Camille Pissarro

The Pont Neuf and the Statue of Henri IV - Camille Pissarro - 1901

Artwork Information

TitleThe Pont Neuf and the Statue of Henri IV
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions46.4 x 54.3 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Pont Neuf and the Statue of Henri IV

The artwork titled “The Pont Neuf and the Statue of Henri IV” was created by the esteemed artist Camille Pissarro in 1901. This oil on canvas masterpiece, measuring 46.4 x 54.3 cm, embodies the Impressionist movement, which prized the conveyance of light and sensation over the meticulous depiction of realism. Its genre is classified as a cityscape, and the piece is currently held in a private collection.

In the artwork, Camille Pissarro captures a vibrant scene of the famed Pont Neuf in Paris, with the equestrian statue of Henri IV prominently centered. The setting is portrayed with a rich tapestry of brushstrokes that imbue the scene with life and movement, characteristics intrinsic to Impressionist works. The choice of colors reflects the natural lighting of the moment, suggesting either dawn or dusk, with the sky masterfully rendered in a spectrum of colors that suggests both the gentleness and dynamism of the shifting sky.

Bare trees with autumnal hints of leaves frame the composition on either side, leading the viewer’s eye towards the statue and the bustling activity on the bridge behind it. The people and carriages are depicted with quick, fluent strokes, suggestive rather than detailed, which gives a sense of the everyday hustle and vitality of city life at the time. The settings and figures are harmoniously integrated, illustrating a keen sense of spatial depth and atmospheric perspective that Pissarro is renowned for. The fine details of the Parisian architecture become less distinct as they recede into the background, underscoring the Impressionist technique of capturing the fleeting effects of light and color.

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