The Pont Neuf, Rainy Afternoon (1901) by Camille Pissarro

The Pont Neuf, Rainy Afternoon - Camille Pissarro - 1901

Artwork Information

TitleThe Pont Neuf, Rainy Afternoon
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions80 x 63 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Pont Neuf, Rainy Afternoon

“The Pont Neuf, Rainy Afternoon,” painted by Camille Pissarro in 1901, is an exquisite oil on canvas belonging to the Impressionism movement. This cityscape, measuring 80 by 63 cm, is currently held in a private collection. The artwork depicts a quintessential urban scene filled with the vitality and mood of Paris.

The artwork portrays a bustling scene on the Pont Neuf, set against the backdrop of Parisian architecture during a rainy afternoon. A soft palette of grays and blues captures the overcast sky and wet surfaces, characteristic of Pissarro’s impressionistic style, which focuses on light and its effects. The viewer can discern the hurried figures of people with umbrellas, carriages on the move, and the city’s buildings rising in the background, their fa├žades rendered in swift, loose brushstrokes that evoke the damp atmosphere and fleeting moments of urban life. Pissarro’s use of color and light brings a sense of immediacy to the artwork, while the hazy backdrop conveys the typical gloom of a rain-soaked day in the city.

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