Road to Versailles at Louveciennes

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) – Road to Versailles at Louveciennes, 1869 (Oil on canvas. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore) – In this early Impressionist effort, Pissarro captures a fleeting sensation of the winter season, constructing his composition through the use of quick dashes of color. The long shadows cast on the new-fallen snow by passersby explore the atmospheric effects of cold winter light… The freshness and thickness of the brushstrokes, most easily identified in the trees’ branches and the colorful garments of the townspeople, are the sort of constructive building blocks Pissarro would eventually pass down to Cézanne. The more smoothly distributed paint of the sky and the snow-covered ground demonstrate Pissarro’s transformation of Realist naturalism into what would become the experimental, rough Impressionist aesthetic…

Camille Pissarro Road to Versailles at Louveciennes (1869)

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