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Creator Name: Pissarro, Camille
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1830 - 1903
Creator Birth Place: Danish Virgin Islands
Creator Name-CRT: Camille Pissarro
Title: L'écluse à Pontoise
Title Type: Foreign
Title: The Lock at Pontoise
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1872
Creation End Date: 1872
Creation Date: 1872
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 53cm x 83cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower left: "C. Pissarro"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1990.7
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Context: Born in the Virgin Islands to Danish parents, Pissarro arrived in Paris to study painting at the age of 25. He later became a founding member of the Impressionist movement. This vivid depiction of life animating a canal village is one of four such compositions inspired by the area of Pontoise, just north of Paris. Pissarro lived here for 15 years, all the while striving to perfect a pure and direct vision of nature. Combining many of his favorite subjects-landscape, village activity, water, clouds, and light-this view across the River Oise communicates that vision through the dancing reflections of trees and buildings. At the same time, the strong vertical and horizontal structure created by the shoreline and trees impart a sense of order that is characteristic of Pissarro's Impressionist style.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1990.7
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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