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Sunday, 24 May 2009

Pissarro's Impressionist Painting - "Boieldieu Bridge in Rouen"

Camille Pissarro was a French impressionist painter (1830-1903) born in the Virgin Islands. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has Pissarro’s masterpiece, Boieldieu Bridge in Rouen painted in 1896 (oil on canvas). Pissarro was then having problems with his eyesight and he painted from a window in his home. The artist is looking down at a busy bridge and wharf with buildings in the background. Pissarro used a variety of gray colours, i.e. greenish grays, to paint a rainy day scene. These gray colours enhanced a few intense colours (simultaneous contrast). Smoke rises from boats and buildings. The painting is filled with light and shadows.


Pissarro was known as the "Father of Impressionism". He was a mentor and worked with many of the Impressionists and Post Impressionists including Cezanne, Gauguin and Degas. Pissarro exhibited at all eight of the Impressionist exhibitions. His paintings help our understanding of impressionist theory.


[Click on title of this post to view information and images of the artist’s work. The link to the AGO is on my site. Unfortunately a major website about the artist is under construction.]


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