The Seine in Flood, Rouen

By Camille Pissarro SKU:41957

Pissarro's "The Seine in Flood, Rouen" is a remarkable painting created in 1896. It captures the serene yet powerful essence of the Seine River during a flood in Rouen, France. This artwork is significant for several reasons. Firstly, it showcases Pissarro's innovative Impressionist style, characterized by loose brushwork and vibrant colors. Secondly, it reveals his fascination with capturing the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. Lastly, the painting represents Pissarro's commitment to depicting everyday scenes and landscapes, highlighting the beauty in ordinary moments. "The Seine in Flood, Rouen" is a testament to Pissarro's artistic genius and his ability to evoke emotion through his work.

33 cm

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Title: “”Pissarro’s The Seine in Flood, Rouen: A Captivating Impression of Nature’s Power””

Year Painted: 1896

Pissarro’s masterpiece, “”The Seine in Flood, Rouen,”” painted in 1896, is an extraordinary work of art that captures the essence of nature’s power and beauty. This iconic painting, created by the renowned French Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro, holds a significant place in art history.

Pissarro, a key figure in the Impressionist movement, was known for his innovative approach to painting. He sought to capture the transient effects of light, atmosphere, and natural landscapes with loose brushwork and vibrant colors. “”The Seine in Flood, Rouen”” exemplifies his mastery of this technique.

The painting depicts the Seine River during a flood in Rouen, a city in Normandy, France. Pissarro skillfully portrays the river’s turbulent waters, which overflow onto the banks, enveloping the surrounding landscape. The viewer can sense the sheer power of the rushing water and the ominous atmosphere it creates. Despite the chaos, Pissarro infuses the scene with a sense of serenity, as the muted colors and delicate brushstrokes bring a poetic quality to the composition.

What makes “”The Seine in Flood, Rouen”” particularly special is the way Pissarro captures the fleeting moment. Impressionist artists were fascinated by the ephemeral nature of light and atmosphere, and Pissarro was no exception. Here, he freezes a transient event, allowing the viewer to witness the river at the peak of its intensity. The painting becomes a time capsule, preserving a specific moment in history.

Moreover, Pissarro’s choice to depict a natural scene, rather than a grand historical or mythical subject, was significant. He championed the beauty found in everyday life, elevating ordinary moments to the realm of art. “”The Seine in Flood, Rouen”” epitomizes this philosophy, presenting the viewer with an ordinary landscape transformed into a visual symphony of color and movement.

The painting’s historical and cultural value cannot be overstated. It represents Pissarro’s technical brilliance, his ability to capture the essence of nature, and his dedication to portraying the world around him. Furthermore, “”The Seine in Flood, Rouen”” is a testament to the Impressionist movement as a whole, showcasing its revolutionary departure from traditional academic art and its focus on subjective interpretations of reality.

In conclusion, Pissarro’s “”The Seine in Flood, Rouen”” is a remarkable painting that stands as a testament to the artist’s skill, the Impressionist movement, and the power of capturing fleeting moments in art. Its depiction of nature’s strength and beauty, combined with Pissarro’s innovative approach, makes it a true masterpiece of its time, and a captivating experience for viewers even today.

Original size:
75 x 50 cm (width x height)
Art style:
Minimal order width:
50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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