View of Marly le Roi (1870) by Camille Pissarro

View of Marly le Roi - Camille Pissarro - 1870

Artwork Information

TitleView of Marly le Roi
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About View of Marly le Roi

“View of Marly le Roi,” painted by Camille Pissarro in 1870, is an oil on canvas work rooted in the Realism art movement, depicting a cityscape genre scene. Currently held in a private collection, the artwork captures a visual narrative of the artist’s contemporary environment, reflecting the movement’s predilection for naturalistic representation.

The artwork presents a serene and verdant landscape, punctuated by the lively architecture of Marly le Roi set against a dynamic sky. In the foreground, the gently sloping fields are dotted with cattle and a few small figures, suggesting the rhythms of rural life. The brushwork appears loose and fluid, capturing the essence of the scene with a sense of immediacy. Earthy tones and soft greens dominate the palette, evoking a bucolic atmosphere that contrasts with the urban structures in the distance. The sky, rendered with expressive brushstrokes of white and blue, gives a sense of movement and depth, contributing to the overall impression of a moment captured in time. Through Pissarro’s eyes, we perceive both the tranquility and the everyday activity of this 19th-century French locale, making “View of Marly le Roi” a rich testimony of its era.

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