Oil on canvas
Unframed: 66 x 81.3 cm (26 x 32 in.)
Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.113
At the time this work was completed, Pissarro was suffering from a recurring eye infection that prevented him from working outdoors and he began painting from upper level hotel room windows in Rouen, Paris, Le Havre, and Dieppe.
This impressive view of a bustling fish market belongs to a series of paintings that Pissarro made during the summer of 1902 depicting the harbors of Dieppe. Borrowing from the Impressionist method of portraying a modern city from a high vantage point, he enlivened the scene with rich, vibrant colors applied with energetic, broken brushstrokes. Ever concerned with the fleeting effects of atmosphere, Pissarro painted the interpenetration of clouds, steam, and industrial smoke that filled the sky. The CMA currently has two paintings by Pissarro, both from the 1870s. This painting enriches the museum’s Impressionist collection by adding a cityscape and a later work by one of the movement’s most important artists.
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