PISSARRO

Boulevard Montmartre

Pissarro portrayed the Boulevard Montmartre in sun, mist and rain, in night and day, quiet and bustling with activity, including a parade.

Article by Charley Parker July 8, 2012

Boulevard Montmartre Paintings by Pissarro

Pissarro - Boulevard Montmarte

Pissarro and the Grande Hotel

After painting in the French countryside for several years in the late 1800’s, French Impressionist Camille Pissarro took up residence at the Grande Hotel de Russie in the Montmartre section of Paris.

Durning his three month stay there from February through April, Pissarro produced a number of canvasses of views of the grand boulevards visible from his room, two of the boulevard Italiens, and fourteen of the boulevard Montmartre, of which he evidently had a better vantage point.

Pissarro portrayed the Boulevard Montmartre in sun, mist and rain, in night and day, quiet and bustling with activity, including a parade.

This was in some ways similar to Monet’s multiple canvasses of subjects like the haystacks and, famously, the Rouen Cathedral — studies of the same subject in different light, seasons and atmospheric conditions. In other ways Pissarro’s paintings of the grand boulevards were more a study of the passage of life in the streets of Paris below him.

You can find most of the views of the Boulevards on this page on The Athenaeum (scroll down) and view the painting at top in detail on the site of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (click “Fullscreen” and zoom or download).

Comment by Charley Parker

Sunday, July 8, 2012 @ 1:02 pm
If you look through a large number of paintings by Monet, Pissarro, Sisley or many others who painted directly from life (the Athenaeum site is good for that), you’ll find that many of their subjects are not dramatic or exceptional in themselves, but in fact quite commonplace. They painted streets, houses, gardens, trees, fields, streams and people. It was how they saw and interpreted the ordinary that was extraordinary.

You can find most of the views of the Boulevards on this page on The Athenaeum (scroll down) and view the painting at top in detail on the site of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (click “Fullscreen” and zoom or download).

Related posts: Camille Pissarro : Camille Pissarro: Impressions of City and Country

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