The Road to Versailles, Louveciennes: Morning Frost


Camille Pissarro ( French, 1830 - 1903 )

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Camille Pissarro captures a cold morning and the resulting veneer of frost that coats the picturesque Parisian suburb of Louveciennes, where the artist lived at the time. This painting depicts the landscape in late fall or early winter, just as the trees lose their leaves and frost begins to form. The sun rises and casts long shadows, melting the ephemeral frost.

Following the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, Pissarro fled to England. While abroad, he studied English landscape painting, including the works of John Constable and J.M.W. Turner, and incorporated elements of their style into his own painting technique, as evident in this humble scene of the French countryside with particular attention paid to the rendering of light and atmosphere.

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Heather MacDonald, DMA label copy, 2015.

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