The Tuilleries Gardens Winter Afternoon (1899) by Camille Pissarro

The Tuilleries Gardens Winter Afternoon - Camille Pissarro - 1899

Artwork Information

TitleThe Tuilleries Gardens Winter Afternoon
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions73 x 92 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art (Met), New York City, NY, US

About The Tuilleries Gardens Winter Afternoon

“The Tuileries Gardens Winter Afternoon,” created by Camille Pissarro in 1899, is an exemplary piece of oil on canvas illustrating the Impressionist art movement. This cityscape measures 73 x 92 cm and is currently housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY, USA.

The artwork captures a serene wintertime scene of the famous Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Despite the cold season, the gardens are bustling with life as various figures traverse the paths and open spaces. The brushstrokes are loose and expressive, typical of Impressionist technique, aiming to convey the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere rather than precise details. The palette is relatively subdued, with earthy tones of barren trees contrasted against the grey winter sky; the touches of sunlight are depicted in warmer hues that break through the clouds, adding a sense of dimension and warmth to the chilly scene.

The composition is carefully balanced between the open spaces of the public gardens in the foreground and the cityscape in the background. Trees are rendered with brisk, textured strokes that capture the leafless state of winter. In the distance, the city’s architecture emerges from the mist, accounting for the urban context of the scene. Observers are also treated to the dynamic portrayal of Parisians enjoying the outdoor space, with their forms suggested rather than distinctly outlined. Pissarro’s work not only depicts a moment in time but also encapsulates the character of Parisian life at the turn of the century.

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