The Port of Rouen (1883) by Camille Pissarro

The Port of Rouen - Camille Pissarro - 1883

Artwork Information

TitleThe Port of Rouen
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions46 x 55 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Port of Rouen

“The Port of Rouen” is an oil on canvas artwork by Camille Pissarro, completed in 1883, demonstrating the principles of Impressionism. It measures 46 x 55 cm and is classified as a cityscape. The artwork, conveying immediate perceptions of a moment in the bustling port city, belongs to a private collection and cannot ordinarily be viewed by the public.

The artwork presents a vibrant scene of the Port of Rouen with its array of ships and bustling harbor activity. Pissarro has captured a vivid snapshot of the port, utilizing loose, expressive brushstrokes that are a hallmark of Impressionist painting. The color palette is predominantly light, with an assortment of blues, whites, and hints of orange and brown, reflecting the artist’s interest in the effects of light on the environment.

In the foreground, two figures are depicted in conversation beside the water’s edge, providing a human element to the otherwise industrial setting. Dominating the middle ground is a tall sailing ship, its rigging finely detailed against the sky. The hustle of the port is further illustrated by the presence of various other vessels and a crane, signifying the ongoing economic activity. The background shows low-lying buildings and a distant horizon, possibly indicating the far reaches of the port and the city beyond. Pissarro’s brushwork gives the painting a sense of dynamism and life, capturing a moment in time with dexterity and finesse.

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