Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace, London (1870) by Camille Pissarro

Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace, London - Camille Pissarro - 1870

Artwork Information

TitleUpper Norwood, Crystal Palace, London
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Dimensions39 x 50 cm
Art MovementImpressionism

About Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace, London

The artwork titled “Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace, London,” was created by the artist Camille Pissarro in the year 1870. This piece is an oil on canvas and is a fine example of the Impressionist movement, measuring 39 x 50 cm. The genre of this painting is classified as a cityscape.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a lively urban scene conveying the atmosphere of Upper Norwood near the Crystal Palace in London. The setting is characterized by a winding road that leads the eye into the composition, towards a prominent lighthouse-like structure that stands out against the skyline. Along the road, we can observe figures going about their daily activities, adding a human element to the cityscape. The palette Pissarro employs is composed of bright and fresh hues typical of the Impressionist style, capturing the play of light with quick, visible brushstrokes that impart a sense of immediacy and the fleeting moments of everyday life. The sky above is a soft blue with delicate clouds, suggesting a fair weather day, and the luminous treatment of the road’s surface evokes the sunshine of the outdoors.

Overall, the artwork embodies the essence of the Impressionist movement’s focus on light, movement, and ordinary life, providing a snapshot of a specific location in London as seen through Pissarro’s eyes.

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