Camille Pissarro

Figures at the Banks of the Marne, near Chennevières, in the Region of the Varenne-Saint-Maur (About 1863 - 1864)

About this artwork

From 1863 to 1865 Pissarro rented properties at La Varenne-Saint-Maur which is situated to the south-east of Paris on the River Marne, opposite Chennevières. At this point the river flows in a great loop beyond the Bois de Vincennes before it joins the River Seine. This highly finished study is loosely related to the right foreground area of the National Gallery of Scotland’s ‘The Marne at Chennevières’, which Pissarro exhibited at the 1865 Paris Salon. Given the high degree of finish of this drawing, and the Corot-like figure group in mid-distance, is likely that this was actually a fully independent composition rather than a preparatory study for the painting.

  • title: Figures at the Banks of the Marne, near Chennevières, in the Region of the Varenne-Saint-Maur
  • accession number: D 5621
  • artist: Camille PissarroFrench (1830 - 1903)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: About 1863 - 1864
  • measurements: 31.00 x 49.00 cm (framed: 59.00 x 43.80 x 2.10 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 2008

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.