Unloading Wood at Rouen (1896) by Camille Pissarro

Unloading Wood at Rouen - Camille Pissarro - 1896

Artwork Information

TitleUnloading Wood at Rouen
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions54 x 65.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Unloading Wood at Rouen

The artwork entitled “Unloading Wood at Rouen” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1896. Pissarro, an esteemed painter associated with the Impressionism movement, crafted this cityscape using the medium of oil on canvas. The artwork measures 54 by 65.5 centimeters and, as of the latest available information, is housed within a private collection. This work of art typifies the Impressionist style through its brushwork and the depiction of contemporary life.

In the artwork, one observes a vibrant scene set at a bustling port. The foreground is animated with figures—workers and onlookers alike—clustered along the docks, and there is a palpable sense of activity and commerce. Ships of varying sizes are moored at the harbor, and the central vessel appears in the midst of the unloading process, highlighted by the title. The water reflects a lively dance of colors, possibly revealing the movement of the river and the business of the port.

The buildings in the background suggest a densely populated urban landscape, typical of a significant port city like Rouen. Pissarro employs a rather loose brushstroke technique, allowing the blending of colors and light to convey the atmosphere rather than meticulous detail. This approach allows viewers to experience the scene with a sense of immediacy and fluidity that is characteristic of Impressionist art. Smoke rising from the ships and the haze over the buildings contribute to the impression of a living, breathing city in motion.

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