Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) Le Pont du chemin de fer, Pontoise. signed 'C. Pissarro' (lower left), oil on canvas, 19 5/8 x 25 5/8 in. (50 x 65 cm.). Painted circa 1873. Photo Image 2009 Christies Ltd (estimate: $3.5-4.5 million).
Of the many notable paintings that Pissarro made in and around Pontoise in the years 1872 and 1873, Le Pont de chemin de fer, Pontoise, remains a stand-out. Paintings of this period have been called the most purely Impressionist of Pissarro's entire oeuvre, and here the artist used mixtures of pure color to achieve a carefully composed landscape with luxurious qualities of light. Pissarro's chosen view takes in the river Oise, as seen from just below the town of Pontoise, with the railway bridge visible in the near foreground. Rather than painting the modern railway as an imposition upon the quaint and verdant landscape, Pissarro has subtly integrated the iron bridge and its traffic into the surroundings, so that it becomes a landscape feature seen fully within the context of the enduring natural world.
CAMILLE PISSARRO (1830-1903)
FEMME POUSSANT UNE BROUETTE, ERAGNY
Price Realized ($2,075,107)