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Camille Pissarro

View of the Oissel Cotton Mill, near Rouen

Artist

Camille Pissarro
Saint Thomas, West Indies, 1830 – Paris 1903

Title

View of the Oissel Cotton Mill, near Rouen

Date

1898

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

65.3 x 81 cm

Credits

Purchase, John W. Tempest Fund, inv. 1921.145

Collection

Western Art

In 1898, Pissarro turned sixty-eight. The Impressionist revolution was over. Comfortably settled in the country, he watched the prices of their canvases skyrocket. And yet, he renewed himself. The painter of meadows became the master of bustling cityscapes and of the industrial port towns of Normandy: Rouen, Dieppe and Le Havre. Although as an Impressionist he was interested in modern life and as an anarchist he felt close to the working class, it was neither poverty nor bohemian nightlife that he depicted: what he wanted was to capture the atmosphere.

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