The Pont Neuf, Shipwreck of the Bonne Mere (1901) by Camille Pissarro

The Pont Neuf, Shipwreck of the Bonne Mere - Camille Pissarro - 1901

Artwork Information

TitleThe Pont Neuf, Shipwreck of the Bonne Mere
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions65.8 x 81.3 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Pont Neuf, Shipwreck of the Bonne Mere

The artwork titled “The Pont Neuf, Shipwreck of the Bonne Mere” was created by Camille Pissarro in 1901. It is an oil on canvas that falls within the Impressionist movement, featuring a cityscape genre. Measuring 65.8 by 81.3 centimeters, this piece is part of a private collection.

Depicting a lively city scene, the artwork offers a look at Paris’s oldest standing bridge, the Pont Neuf, bustling with activity. The brushwork is loose and vibrant, capturing the dynamism of the city. Onlookers dominate the foreground, with various modes of transportation including horse-drawn carriages and pedestrians filling the streets. The River Seine flows beneath the bridge, where the Bonne Mere appears to be partially submerged, indicating the shipwreck alluded to in the title. Buildings line the river banks, their facades rendered in the characteristic quick, impressionistic strokes that convey texture and light. Above the urban landscape, the sky is a mix of cool and warm tones, possibly hinting at the changing weather conditions. Through his depiction, Pissarro encapsulates a moment in time with historic relevance, imbued with the transient light and color that typifies the Impressionist movement.

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