The street of the Citadelle, Pontoise (1873) by Camille Pissarro

The street of the Citadelle, Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - 1873

Artwork Information

TitleThe street of the Citadelle, Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The street of the Citadelle, Pontoise

“The Street of the Citadelle, Pontoise” is an exquisite artwork by Camille Pissarro, crafted in 1873. This oil on canvas is representative of the Impressionism movement, categorized under the landscape genre. As of now, the artwork is held in a private collection.

The artwork unveils a serene winter scene set in the town of Pontoise, distinguished by its subtle, cool hues and the snowy blanket that envelops the landscape. Gentle brushstrokes capture the quietude and crisp ambiance of a typical day after a fresh snow. Buildings rendered with soft edges and earthy tones line the street, their architecture indicative of the late 19th century French provincial style. Pissarro’s attention to light and shadow creates a realistic yet almost dreamlike atmosphere, where the snow-covered path leads the viewer’s eye through the composition towards the figures in the distance.

A small number of people are present in the scene, each seemingly engaged in their daily pursuits, instilling a sense of everyday life continuing despite the cold. The brushwork is loose and fluid, allowing the whites and grays of the snow to blend seamlessly with the warmer tones of the buildings and the winter sky. The sense of tranquility and the ordinary, poetically framed by Pissarro’s masterful impressionistic technique, invite contemplation and admiration for the quiet beauty of a moment captured in time.

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