About this artwork

Strong blues, greens and whites dominate this wide riverscape with its expanse of sky and water interrupted by sloping banks. Pissarro rented a house in La Varenne-Saint-Hilaire, a village to the south-east of Paris, hinted at here on the left bank of the Marne. Chennevières' church and houses are just visible at the top of the right bank. Paintings by Daubigny and Corot inspired Pissarro's carefully structured composition and Courbet's work influenced his extensive use of a palette knife. The small factory buildings and ferry boat add a contemporary note. The painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1865.

  • title: The Marne at Chennevières
  • accession number: NG 2098
  • artist: Camille PissarroFrench (1830 - 1903)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Rivers Impressionism
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1864 - 1865
  • measurements: 91.50 x 145.50 cm (framed: 123.00 x 177.00 x 14.20 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1947

Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro

Pissarro was slightly older than his fellow Impressionists. His dedication to painting and printmaking and his valuable encouragement and advice inspired young artists, including Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Pissarro, born in St.Thomas in the Virgin Islands, attended school in Paris, and settled there in 1855. His early landscapes reflected Corot and Courbet's influence. His association with Impressionism developed from a wish to paint modern life subjects as he saw them, capturing the changing effects of light. In the mid 1880s he experimented with the pointillism pioneered by Seurat and Signac. Pissarro alone contributed to all eight Impressionist exhibitions from 1874 until 1886.