The Seine at Port Marly (1872) by Camille Pissarro

The Seine at Port Marly - Camille Pissarro - 1872

Artwork Information

TitleThe Seine at Port Marly
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationStaatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

About The Seine at Port Marly

“The Seine at Port Marly,” created by Camille Pissarro in 1872, is an oil on canvas masterpiece belonging to the Impressionism movement. This cityscape represents a vivid scene along the Seine River and is part of the collection housed at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany. The artwork is characteristic of Pissarro’s style and the Impressionist emphasis on capturing the transient effects of light and atmosphere.

The artwork portrays a bustling river scene at Port Marly with an essence of everyday life during that era. The foreground features a promenade lined with trees, where figures are leisurely strolling, suggesting a moment of calmness and casual activity. Central to the composition are moored boats, one of which is a steam tug shown emitting plumes of smoke that blend into the soft, cloudy sky, creating an interplay between industry and nature. The background reveals more of the riverside environment, including buildings that signify human settlement and a bridge in the distance, contributing to the sense of place and the continuation of life beyond the immediate vicinity. The palette is suffused with a blend of warm and cool tones, suggesting the time of day might be dusk or dawn, adding to the work’s atmospheric quality. Pissarro’s use of loose brushwork is evident throughout the scene, giving the artwork a sense of vibrancy and motion that is quintessentially Impressionist.

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