Painting Road from Versailles to Louveciennes, 1870, Pissarro

Description of the picture:

The road from Versailles to Louveciennes is Camille Pissarro. 1870. 100×81

Pissarro’s style was completely formed in the late 60s. Previously, the painter was influenced by Corot, Courbet and Daubigny, but even then he begins to be interested in the work of future impressionists. At first, he approaches them geographically, since settles in Luvesien, near Bougival, where Monet, Sisley and Renoir are working at this time. It is under the influence of paintings by Monet Pissarro that radically changes the style and methods of work. Until now, he worked mainly in the workshop, but, starting in 1869, he writes in the open air, and in a much smaller format. Pictures are created faster and are somewhat fluent in the picture. Their texture changes, strokes become thinner and intermittent, the palette becomes brighter. Pissarro imitates the Monet technique, which imposes paints with light brush touches, individual colored strokes.

"The road from Versailles to Louveciennes" that transitional period in Pissarro’s work most clearly represents, because it combines the features characteristic of his early work with elements of a new manner. The theme of the painting bears such a mixed character: on the one hand, a portrait, and on the other, a genre scene. Perhaps this is reflected in admiration "Women in the garden" Monet. The size of the canvas significantly exceeds the format of future impressionistic paintings by Pissarro. The composition of the picture is geometric, the picture seems to be divided into two separate parts. The left part, executed in dark colors, carries within itself a memory of the early period of Pissarro’s work. The right side, thanks to color transparency, light texture and fine nuances, is filled with an atmosphere of light, typical of impressionism."

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