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Description of Camille Pissarro's painting “Montmartre Boulevard in Paris”


The impressionist artist, Pissarro, devoted a lot of energy to art. He depicted nature and the world around him simple and alive. For him, the impressions of what he saw were important, which made the artist paint the same landscape several times. He depicted the area at different times of the day and was eager to convey the changes brought about by the changing seasons.

Special in this regard was a series of drawings depicting the boulevards of Paris. Pissarro departs from tradition, refusing to draw monuments of architecture that are so widely known in the world. He longs to convey the real life of Paris, portraying the city as a medium of human existence.

Montmartre Boulevard attracts with its liveliness. The artist sought to transfer life through movement. He avoids the usual grayness and softness of tones in the image of Paris. He is attracted by the life that boils on the boulevard, the eternal movement of people, which confirms the advancement of all mankind on the path to the future.

The boulevard, like the city, is shown to be crowded and pulsating, causing associations with the movement of blood in the human body. Movement is life. The movement ceases - life freezes. Captured by the movement of the boulevard, the viewer no longer thinks about the ordinaryness of the depicted.

The restlessness that the artist conveys on the canvas makes up a special atmosphere of charm. The author’s admiration for what he saw is felt, but his ability to reflect not only what he saw, but also the attendant feelings, is striking.

A series of paintings will present the boulevard to the eyes of the viewer at all times: in the morning haze, still quite sleepy, bathed in the sun and sunken on a rainy day, in the evening twilight and under the light of stars. The boulevard always remains charming and vibrant, able to surprise the artist and the viewer.

A clear and understandable motive made it possible to achieve a clear composition: streets that go into the distance and do not change from drawing to drawing.





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