Friday, 29 October 2010


CAMILLE PISSARRO: "Landscape at Pontoise", 1874 - oil on canvas, 61-81 cm. - Winterthur, Oskar Reinhart Collection - view high resolution image

Known as "The Father of Impressionism", Pissarro is, along with Monet and Sisley, the most "pure" of all Impressionist painters, exhibiting in all eight of the Impressionist exhibitions. He is particulary famous for his depictions of rural life of Northern France, specially the town of Pontoise, in which the influence of the naturalism of Jean-Baptiste Corot and Gustave Courbet is evident.

CAMILLE PISSARRO: "Le Boulevard Montmartre, effet de nuit (The Boulevard Montmartre at Night)", 1897 - Oil on canvas, 53.3 x 64.8 cm - London, National Gallery - view high resolution image

While Pissarro is more famous for his depictions of the rural life, he also created a great number of fabulous urban scenes of 19th century Paris. In 1897, he took a room in Boulevard Montmartre and depicted it at different hours of the day, being this canvas the only night scene of the series. "The Boulevard Montmartre at Night" is a sensational impressionist painting, though Pissarro never exhibited it during his lifetime.

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