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“THE LOUVRE FROM PONT NEUF” Small & Thin Brushstrokes Impressionist was about truth

The eye then drifts off with the

and accuracy but it was also the

boats, up to the horizon where the

birth of a technique involving small

eye then observes the architecture.

and thin brush strokes, to still

Lastly the eye is drawn to the

represent direct observation. Artist

foreground where the civilians are

Camille Pissaro uses this technique

placed, up the tree branches and off

in the painting “The Louvre from the

into the skyline. When viewing the

Pont Neuf” (1902).

piece, it is noticeable that the image is balanced due to the use of



piece is

and having

composed of


the view from a

closer and

famous bridge

others in

in Paris,

the horizon.

France, Pont


Neuf. The

aspect that

painting is

units the


entire art


work is the

of the view

technique of

with the incorporation of everyday

small thing brush strokes used

life and individuals. The view looks

throughout the painting. This

upon the water along with the

technique units all of the subject

Louvre Museum. The foreground of

matter, regardless of their distance

the image consists of boats drifting

from the artist or viewer. The use of

into the horizon and at the bottom

light to contrast the image reflects

left corner, there are four individuals

the realism of the piece. With the

walking along a bridge or platform.

combination of the small bursh

At first glance, the eye is focused

strokes and light, the image is given

into the center of the image where

a realistic effect due to the way the

the source of light is highlighting the

source of light (the sun) is

water in different hues of orange.

highlighting the water in which the [Pick the date] [Edition 1, Volume 1]

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”

- Pissarro


boats are placed. Just light the use of

Color, in the use of small brush

observe it if they were present at the

light to give accuracy to the

strokes, adds to the “truth” of the

Pont Neuf. Lastly, with the addition

landscape, the use of dark colors to

landscape. The different hues and

of definition in shapes, such as the

contrast demonstrates the theme of

shades of yellow/orange used as a

structure of the bridge and building

accuracy. The contrast in dark used

highlight on the water is an effect

in the far distance, there is a strong

on the trees and architecture adds

one would see if they were

demonstration of direct observation.

depth to the image. At first glance, a

physically present in Paris. Along

The technique of framing the objects

viewer cannot help but feel the

with color, the visual path in which

with shadows as if they were exactly

“awe” they would feel if they were

the eye travels through the image

how they would be with the light

physically standing in this

corresponds to the value of truth.

highlighting other places

landscape. The mood of calm and

The line in which the eye takes into

demonstrates accuracy of the artist.

awe is demonstrated through the

account of the subject matter is

realistic features and perspective.

similar to the way one would

Written by Jessica Eve Shetler

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