The street of Hermitage, Pontoise (1874) by Camille Pissarro

The street of Hermitage, Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - 1874

Artwork Information

TitleThe street of Hermitage, Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions40.4 x 34.8 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The street of Hermitage, Pontoise

“The Street of Hermitage, Pontoise” is a notable artwork by Camille Pissarro, created in 1874. This piece is executed in oil on canvas and is representative of the Impressionist movement, a genre that Pissarro helped pioneer. The artwork measures 40.4 cm by 34.8 cm and falls under the genre of landscape painting. Presently, it is housed in a private collection.

The artwork depicts a view of a street in the town of Pontoise, which is located in the suburbs of Paris, France. It captures a serene moment on a day with scattered clouds in the sky, which is depicted with soft, swift brushstrokes characteristic of Impressionism, conveying the impression of a fleeting moment in time. The composition illustrates a broad street leading into the distance, bordered by the facades of houses on one side and a leafy green hedge on the other. The perspective draws the viewer’s eye towards the horizon, which suggests a quiet and spacious environment.

Near the bottom of the artwork, one can observe a figure standing next to a cart, possibly a local vendor or passerby, adding a human presence to the scene. On the left side, the volume and texture of the foliage are rendered with dappled light and shadow, indicating the interaction of light within the scene. The subtle interplay of colors and the emphasis on light effects, as well as the overall composition, which avoids intricate detail in favor of an impressionistic technique, are hallmarks of Pissarro’s style during this period.

This piece is an example of the revolutionary artistic movements of the late 19th century, showcasing how artists like Pissarro were moving away from the traditional representations of landscape to capture the essence and atmosphere of a moment through their unique visual language.

Other Artwork from Camille Pissarro

More Impressionism Artwork

Scroll to Top