Saturday, March 2, 2013

French Impressionism: Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing

The Route to Versailles, Louveciennes, 1869
In 1869, Pissarro moved to No. 22 on the road to Versailles in the Paris suburb of Louvciennes. He was joined by Claude Monet who was then at nearby Saint Michel. In the winter of 1869/70, they both painted snow scenes showing this roadway from varying angles. The road to Versailles, on the north side of the village, afforded a superb view of Paris in the distance. The impressionists inherited from the Barbizon artists of a generation earlier an interest in the representation of winter, particularly, the challenge of the rendering of snow. Pissarro’s early works are relatively rare because the German troops who had been billeted in his house on the road to Versailles during the Franco-Prussian War had wrecked many of them.

 La Maison De Piette À Montfoucault, 1874


De grosse Birnbaum in Montfoucault, 1876


Cultivated Land in Winter, a Man Carrying Fagots, 1877


Resting in the Woods at Pontoise, 1878


Near Rouen, 1883


Road at Eragny, Winter (1885)


Field of Oats in Eragny, 1885


View of the Village of Bazincourt - 1889


Setting Sun and Fog Eragny, 1891


Poplars, Morning, Eragny - 1893


The Meadows at Eragny, Apple Tree, 1894


The Boulevard Montmarte At Night, 1897

After spending six years painting in the rural setting of Éragny, Pissarro returned to Paris, where he produced several series of the “grands boulevards.” As Pissarro surveyed the view from his lodgings at the Grand Hôtel de Russie in early 1897, he marveled that not only could he “see down the whole length of the boulevards” but he had “almost a bird’s-eye view of carriages, omnibuses, people, between big trees, big houses that have to be set straight.” From February through April, he set out to record—in two views of the boulevard des Italiens to the right, and fourteen of the boulevard Montmartre to the left—the spectacle of urban life as it unfolded below his window.


Vue de Bazincourt en hiver, 1898


Avenue de l’Opera, Effect of Snow, 1898


Le Jardin Des Tuileries, Effet De Neige




Brouillard à l’Hermitage, Pontoise


Hyde Park, London


La Maison De Piette À Montfoucault


Landscape at Éragny


Self-Portrait, 1903