Camille Pissarro, Effect of Sunlight, Rouen, 1898

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Pissarro first worked in Rouen in 1883. He returned to this harbor city in Normandy, twice in 1896 and in 1898, for three extended painting campaigns in the wake of Monet’s “Rouen Cathedral” series of the early 1890s, which Pissarro greatly admired. By the time of his last sojourn, from July to October 1898, he was “already familiar with the motifs there.” However, Pissarro tackled many of the same cityscapes again and was inspired to find some scenes that were new. On August 19, Pissarro wrote to his son Lucien: “Yesterday I found an excellent place from which I can paint the rue de l’Épicerie and even the market [in the place de la Haute-Vieille-Tour], a really interesting one, which takes place every Friday.” Ultimately, he painted the view three times, but the Metropolitan’s picture is the only one that shows the market in progress.

 

Posted on May 24 2012, with 120 Notes

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