The Port of Rouen 2 (1883) by Camille Pissarro

The Port of Rouen 2 - Camille Pissarro - 1883

Artwork Information

TitleThe Port of Rouen 2
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Port of Rouen 2

“The Port of Rouen 2” is an oil on canvas painting by Camille Pissarro, dated 1883. This work embodies the Impressionism movement, predominantly recognized for its emphasis on light and its effects, as well as a distinctive brushwork that conveys the perception of movement. The genre of the artwork is cityscape, and it presently resides in a private collection. The Impressionism movement, to which Pissarro contributed significantly, sought to capture the momentary, sensory effect of a scene—the impression objects made on the eye in a fleeting instant.

The artwork presents a vivid depiction of the bustling activity at Rouen’s port. The painting is characterized by Pissarro’s use of quick, small brushstrokes that capture the reflections on the water and the liveliness of the industrial age. The colours are somewhat muted, which is typical for many Impressionist works, suggesting either an overcast day or the presence of industrial smog.

On the left side of the artwork, structures lining the riverbank can be seen, possibly warehouses or simple dwellings, which blend into the middle ground where factory chimneys stand tall, emitting plumes of smoke into the sky. This scene vividly portrays the industrial impact on the natural environment. The river itself occupies the central part of the composition, wherein several boats are moored at the docks, with figures included to suggest scale and activity. A bridge spans the river towards the background, leading the eye further into the painting and providing a sense of depth.

The atmosphere of the artwork is charged with the industrial energy of the time, and the sky, rendered with a hazy quality, further accentuates the mood of the environment affected by human progress. Overall, “The Port of Rouen 2” offers a window into the Impressionist vision of urban and industrial life in the late 19th century, demonstrating Pissarro’s skill in capturing the transient qualities of light and atmosphere.

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