Camille Pissarro

I have found drawings and paintings by Camille Pissarro, I have put the drawings first, because I thought they might be useful to refer to.  Some of the images are not very large, but you can still see useful information.

Village au Sommet Dune Colline 1890

Village au Sommet Dune Colline 1890

I find it very interesting and helpful to see the way Pissarro draws using expressive, quick lines to draw.  I can see hatching, scribbling, dashes and wavy lines.  This drawing below is made with coloured chalks which capture the light and highlights really well.  The darkest areas in this drawing are the people and the cabs.

Camille Pissaro

Camille Pissaro

The drawing below is very faintly drawn in, mostly with lines and hatching.

Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro

It is a shame these drawings are so small but they still offer useful information.  The drawing below has a sense of depth, and you can see what is drawn here.  Mostly it is made up of hatching, straight and curved line.  Some areas are blended to create grey areas, some are left paper white.

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This drawing below is too small to see very much detail about how the marks were made, but I think the tonal contrast is worth looking at.  The trees are very dark and the buildings are left unshaded.  The sky is drawn with hatching, and you can see from the shadows that the light is coming from the right.

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The paintings below show how Pissarro has used the same landscape to paint from over and over again.  Immediately below are two paintings of Avenue de l’opera; the view changes because of the light, the weather and the people in the streets.  The avenue in the rain is a lot darker and has more contrasting marks, in the sunnier painting the darker elements are all lit up brightly.

Avenue de l'opera

Avenue de l’opera

Avenue de l'opera in the rain

Avenue de l’opera in the rain

Below are three paintings of the Boulevard Montmartre which have been made at different times of day and different times of year.  They also differ in how many people are in the streets.

Boulevard Montmartre afternoon sunlight 1897

Boulevard Montmartre afternoon sunlight 1897

Boulevard Montmartre

Boulevard Montmartre

The Boulevard Montmartre at night

The Boulevard Montmartre at night

The colours are really important for these images – the colours make such a difference to the way a scene looks.

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