Port of Rouen, Unloading Wood

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.


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.

Camille Pissarro

French, 1830–1903

Port of Rouen, Unloading Wood


Oil on canvas

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)

Acquired in honor of John E. Sawyer (Institute Trustee, 1962–89), 1989