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Port of Rouen, Unloading Wood

Camille Pissarro

French, 1830–1903

Port of Rouen, Unloading Wood

1898

Toward the end of his career, Pissarro shifted his attention from rural scenes to cityscapes. Here he captures the activity of a busy riverside dock in Rouen, with industrial buildings in the background and freighters lining the waterway. Clear light illuminates the scene and each element is described with a rich variety of brushstrokes, revealing the visual beauty of an ordinary, functioning work site.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 29 1/8 x 36 1/4 in. (74 x 92 cm) Frame: 40 1/8 x 46 11/16 in. (101.9 x 118.6 cm)
Object Number 1989.3
Acquisition Acquired in honor of John E. Sawyer (Institute Trustee, 1962–89), 1989
Status On View

Image Caption

Camille Pissarro, Port of Rouen, Unloading Wood, 1898, Oil on canvas. Acquired in honor of John E. Sawyer (Institute Trustee, 1962–89), 1989. The Clark Art Institute, 1989.3.

Bibliography

Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.

Provenance

Celina Piñeyro de Álzaga, Buenos Aires (by c. 1903–d. 1911); Orlando and Enrique Williams Álzaga, Buenos Aires, her grandsons, by descent (until 1989); [Alex Reid & Lefevre, London, sold to the Clark 11 May 1989]; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1989.

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